I am back to working from home full time. For the past twelve weeks I have been teaching a hybrid schedule. All mornings were at home and three afternoons were spent in the socially distance conscious classroom with a mask on.
I think the company did a good job of trying to ensure safety–despite the students’ best efforts to circumvent it. However, the city went on lockdown. Initially we thought we might be exempt, but when they said schools were exempt, they didn’t mean our type. Ours have fewer students, fewer mingling opportunities, and staggered starts. I guess that doesn’t really matter.
As for me, it is bittersweet. Seeing the students in person was a good way to get to know them. They displayed different character traits in person. They also bonded with other classmates differently. They are bonding online, but there is something different about face to face interaction–albeit two metres apart and covered in sanitizer. However, not having to commute is pretty awesome. I miss some of the music, some of the radio news, and some of the company when I drove my girlfriend home, but I don’t miss the bad drivers, the red lights, and the phantom construction that used traffic cones to reduce lanes for no particular reason.
I wonder if I will be able to go back to the way it was?
For those of you still working, have you adapted to a new way of working or do you want to go back to the old way?