Home, home on the couch

Home, home on the couch.

Where the dog and the children all roam.

Where seldom – sorry often – is heard an angry word,

And the news seems gloomy all day.


Yes folks, we’ve had a new way of life dumped on us in an awfully big hurry over the last few days and it’s definitely taking a lot of getting used to.

In fact, looking back at my last blog post (https://bit.ly/3biuvtW), I have to say I’d happily swap life at home for half an hour stood in the pouring down rain waiting for a Northern Rail train not to appear with a bunch of similarly wet and increasingly frustrated commuters.

We can though just hope and pray for a swift return to those halcyon days of tardy trains, and instead focus on what’s in front of us.

First up. Staying at home isn’t the worst thing we could be asked as a nation to do. Just think, 100-years ago the world was still coming to terms with the end of a World War that had killed over 20million people and left similar numbers wounded. All we have to do is not go out.   

Thankfully working from home (and doing so successfully) is possible for millions of us. And the spirit and adaptability I’ve experienced from colleagues, clients, suppliers and (dare I say it?) journalists has been jaw-dropping.

It may not look like BAU (that’s business as usual for those who like me prefer a laugh to an LOL or even an LMAO), but it certainly seems like everyone is doing their damned best to make it feel like business as usual.

Crap jokes and a myriad of memes on WhatsApp have replaced office banter; the bings of incoming e-mails have become so frequent I’m beginning to worry I’ve got tinnitus; and video conferencing has become the new face-to-face meeting.  

We’ve been using Microsoft Teams, while others use Zoom, but the result is the same – a focussed way of working and communicating collaboratively that means the work we’re doing doesn’t suffer as a result of lack of input from others.

For us it’s even had the added benefit of discussing activity across all clients, rather than just those we normally work on. Different points of view have led to different ideas, which in both the short and long run will help Source and our clients.

We’ve also had a laugh with it, with socially distant Friday drinks being enjoyed “together” from a variety of kitchen and dining tables around the region.

Quite what the next few weeks and months have in store is the big unknown, but one thing’s for certain – when life returns to normal none of us will ever want to work from home again!

Anyway, stay safe. Stay at home. Keep in touch. And remember, some things in life are bad. They can really make you mad. Other things just make you swear and curse. When you're chewing on life's gristle. Don't grumble, give a whistle. And this'll help things turn out for the best. And… always look on the bright side of life > http://ow.ly/oIKw50yUhQK.

Written by Daniel Kennedy, 24/03/2020