I had planned to go to work in the office this week. However in the end I worked from home all week. Pre-pandemic this would have been unusual, of course now this is more normal than not. What I hadn’t checked at the beginning of the week was who was going to be in the office. In the end I assumed that the office would be quite empty, actually in hindsight there were quite a few people in the office over the week. So next week, I might go into the office for at least one day, maybe two.
I found this Observer article on Working from home: how it changed us forever quite interesting. I feel working from home has changed quite radically how I work, who I work with as well as social dynamics. I am unsure how things will change over the next year or so. Catching covid in the autumn, despite being double vaccinated certainly made me wary of in-person interactions. Infection rates with omicron are still high and I am hearing many more stories of infection locally and across colleagues.
Spent much of the week working independently, with colleagues or with the consultant we’ve hired on a review of our team.
I have also been reflecting and reviewing our HE Sector Strategy implementation planning.
My top tweet this week was this one.
The Royal Crescent and The Circus.
Also there is the Jane Austen Centre if you like Jane Austen.
— James Clay (@jamesclay) January 21, 2022