Week one done

One week down in the new job. A pretty long week; the usual getting-set-up, reading-all-the-policies and trying-to-get-your-head-around-things as well as two days in Wellington meeting all the team from across the country. It's been a good week though. A REALLY good week. Everything is so professional, my workmates are fab, and seem to work really … Continue reading Week one done

Watercolour riches

'I was like, let's just stay home forever,' Clare said in her wonderful Northern Irish accent, laughing at the screen when I asked her how she found lockdown. 'I found it pretty good. I'm really introverted, so the opportunity to stay at home in my own company, for an unknown amount of time, just seemed … Continue reading Watercolour riches

Chef with a heart

Ben, or Coops, as he's more widely known, runs a hospitality and events consultancy, and work just disappeared when COVID19 hit. He says: 'There's no restaurants open, no hotels that want consultancy and no events going on in the British summer. My cash cow from May until the end of September, gone. I thought shit, … Continue reading Chef with a heart

Ending the Era of Procrastination

'Ten weeks for me, working from home,' Sue says, looking wistfully out of what I presume is the window, just off camera. 'This is unchartered territory for me, I haven't been at home for this long, for, well, ever. It's been quite weird in that respect, working from home is normally just a 'treat' day … Continue reading Ending the Era of Procrastination

Love and liver failure

“I’d probably say my lockdown experience is really boring,” Natalie laughs. We’ve not spoken in nearly five years, bonded by an unforgettable induction experience when we both started a new job on the same day. Her voice and accent is exactly the same as someone I know here in Christchurch, and which is strange. I’m … Continue reading Love and liver failure

A year in moments #8 – the naked conference call

With all the remote working right now, this seems an opportune time to recall a story relating to working from home. I was working for Jaguar Land Rover; a global company with a great reputation. I worked in the HR department at Whitley and our office was set up for remote working; mainly in that … Continue reading A year in moments #8 – the naked conference call