Has workplace culture changed?
As lockdown measures throughout the UK are being eased, it’s looking fairly likely that more of us will be returning to work in the coming weeks. But has the workplace culture changed? Will it be the same? Will we all just go back into the office one day and pick up from where we left off? I’m not so sure. As we touched on in the last blog, the realisation of how easy it is to work from home has kicked in. There’s no commuting, no paying to park, no terrible office playlist to endure. You just walk down the stairs and open up a laptop.
The more people I ask about returning, the more varied answers I get. My mum for one can’t wait to go back. She misses the office banter (I cringe every time she says that word), the normality of it all, the routine. She’s like me in that respect. I’m not one for change. It throws me off guard when something goes awry. On the other hand, my dad doesn’t mind it at all (he sometimes works on a weekend anyway to catch up if he’s been away). He’s quite happy to sit in his little home office and crack on.
I’m now quite torn. On one hand, I can’t wait to get back into an office environment and resume some kind of normality. On the other hand, I’ve saved money, spent more time with my family and finally taken the huge step up to playing on World Class on FIFA. Okay, not so much the last reason but like I’ve said before, I’m getting quite used to it. All I need is a stable internet connection and access to a server and I’m good to go.
I do miss not being able to chat to the other guys on the team though. Throwing ideas around and discussing thoughts and ideas for new projects. I guess we’ll have to do this at a 2-metre distance when we eventually do all go back anyway. It will take a while for everything to settle down and for us to have completely dropped the social distancing measures. To be fair, all this can be done on a video call, but it just isn’t the same. It can be quite hard to be expressive and get your point across on a video call (especially when you change your head into a potato – god that was funny).
Even though I am torn on the matter, what I do know is that I’m excited. I am excited to eventually go back and step foot into an office that’s going to be the new norm. I’m excited to start working on different projects than what I’m used to. They’ll just merge together along with the new rules and processes that are already in place (don’t talk to the developers when they’ve got their headphones on, don’t put back to back albums on the office playlist).
And when we do eventually go back, they’ll no doubt be new rules and policies that we have to abide by. What are these going to include? The obvious ones will surely be hygiene related. More stations to wash your hands, more posters around the office telling you to do so. Will it mean more equipment being made accessible for people to clean their desks? Who knows?
Anyway, I’m not entirely convinced that everything’s going back to normal just yet. A new normal, yes, but not the normal we once knew. Whatever rules or policies we must abide by just remember, they’re being put in place to protect us and keep us safe.