Rituals for moving jobs when working from home

    Terence Eden reflects on changing jobs when working from home and how… weird it can be. While I’ve been based from two different converted garages during the past decade, I’ve travelled a lot so it has felt different.

    I can imagine, though, if that’s not the case, it can all feel a little bit discombobulating!

    One Friday last year, I posted some farewell messages in Slack. Removed myself from a bunch of Trello cards. Had a quick video call with the team. And then logged out of my laptop. I walked out of my home office and sat in my garden with a beer.

    The following Monday I opened the door to the same office. I logged in to the same laptop. I logged into a new Slack - which wasn’t remarkably different from the old one. Signed in to a new Trello workspace - ditto. And started a video call with my new team.

    I’ll admit, It didn’t feel like a new job!

    There was no confusing commute to a new office. No having to work out where the toilets and fire exits were. No “here’s your desk - it’s where John used to sit, so people might call you John for a bit”. I didn’t even have to remember people’s names because Zoom showed all my colleagues' names & job titles.

    There was no waiting in a liminal space while receptionists worked out how to let me in the building.

    In short, there was no meaningful transition for me.

    Source: Job leaving rituals in the WFH era | Terence Eden’s Blog

    On the digital literacies of regular web users

    Terence Eden opened a new private browsing window and started typing “https…” and received the results of lots of different sites.

    He uses this to surmise, and I think he’s probably correct, that users conflate search bars and address bars. Why shouldn’t they? They’ve been one and the same thing in browsers for years now.

    Perhaps more worrying is that there’s a whole generation of students who don’t know what a file system structure is…

    There are a few lessons to take away from this.
    • Users don't really understand interfaces
    • Computers don't really understand users
    • Big Data assumes that users are behaving in semi-rational manner
    Source: Every search bar looks like a URL bar to users | Terence Eden’s Blog