WFH/not-WFH transition: The Dreadening


edit made a right meal of that

If they never see you, they can’t sack you.


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I’m really really pissed off about this at the moment. I’m head of dept in a large secondary school. As soon as we returned I said to my lot “look, if you’re not teaching lessons you don’t need to be here with us breathing all over each other in the staff room, take your marking and planning home with you.”

Overruled by smt. They’d rather we were all in a room together so that they don’t feel we’re slacking even though they know how much work almost all of us put in from home last term working remotely with the kids going above and beyond. Arrggghhh.


Looks like both me and Her Indoors’ works will be letting us do 4:1. This means that we’re free to move to another city where she’s from and all her family live, and our weekly commute into Manchester will cost us actually slightly less per month than the metrolink passes we were buying, and not actually be that much longer (for me) because it’d be by high speed rail.

Moving would afford us a far better quality of life because of the wide open green spaces, proximity to lots of countryside, and less cramped housing our money could get us there as opposed to Manchester. Only thing is that we’re very hesitant to actually make the move because we have no way of knowing that the 4:1 will last, and it will probably impact us when applying for other jobs because we’d be limited to employers offering the same arrangement in Manchester. Where we’d move to offers pretty much no work for either of our sectors. It’s a big risk… but I’m really tempted to take it because of what a massive improvement it would make to our lives.

Say they tried to change it to be slightly more office based in future, could you manage a 3:2 home to office? Would at least allow some flexibility if you’re not tied down to 4:1 being the only way that the move would work for you

3:2 would mean that I’d probably drive rather than get the train, because cost-wise it would make way more sense, and that would make me feel bad in the sense that I try to only use the car for journeys where public transport wouldn’t be available, or too slow or expensive to be worth it. For carbon footprint reasons I’ve always kept my driving to an absolute minimum, but yeah I’d be ok with it and it would still be preferable to not moving. Flipping over to 2:3 would become too much though, I think that’s where the line would be. So I suppose we’d be gambling on there being enough companies offering 3 or 4 days a week WFH that we could apply elsewhere if either of us needed another job, which I’m pretty sure it would be because even pre-Covid we both knew that maybe a day or two per week of remote working was quite common from other employers in our sectors. (In fact, my partner has for the past few years always known that if she needed to apply for another job quickly, there’s an employer in Manchester that she keeps professional relationships with as part of her current job, who are seemingly always hiring for a very similar role that she does now, and they’ve always been operating 3 days a week WFH so they can have twice the team size for their office space, so she’d be pretty safe). Ultimately I don’t think it’s a massive gamble, the huge likelihood is that we’d be better off, but it’s that thought of one of us losing our job and not being able to find another that scares the shit out of me because I have a tendency to always dwell on the theoretical catastrophes.

Working from home as standard all week but going in just for occasional important meetings / team catch ups.

Is this the new WFH thread? Because I really want to comment on how great it is I can now use absurd amounts of garlic in my meals.


Yeah this is what I want and should get (although I always eat as much garlic as I want).

I’m hitting over two cloves per serving atm, it’s incredible. Sprinkling raw chopped spring onions on top of stir frys as well

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Interestingly the Government here has put out an announcement today saying that it sees advantages in people continuing to wfh in the long term in terms of productivity, reduced congestion and pollution, etc.

in terms of the various aspects of wfh and transitioning to whatever the new set up is, how have your employers been so far?

  • better than expected
  • in line with expectations
  • worse than expected
  • n/a

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been asked to go into the office on thursday to work from a shitty low rent laptop when i could easily work from home on my PC and you know, without having to take pubic transport.

the final insult.


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How are they justifying that?

because it’s slower sending eachother stuff back and forth online :roll_eyes:

can you get the stuff couriered?


no need to thank me for that idea, mate.


this was a serious suggestion btw, places do send USBs and hard drives etc via courier.

ha yeah but itd be slower than internet. they basically wanna be stood over my shoulder watching me work.

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I’m envious that you’ve managed this, but I’m also very sorry to hear that you’re being wrenched from this situation. Given the near-inevitability of a second proper lockdown, I really don’t understand what companies think they’re gaining from dragging people back unnecessarily.

This mentality, just ahead of the fetishisation of commuting, has been the most infuriating part of the naked propaganda campaign which the UK is being subject to at the moment.

This describes my situation pretty much perfectly. I’ve actually put myself down as only wanting to WFH 1-2 days a week when we do eventually return. Massive privileges to acknowledge here - very short ‘commute’, costs refunded by my employer in full (and then some) - but I really feel the blurring of the home/work lines impacting on your ability to relax

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