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.