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The Isolation Conversation – Settling into Isolation

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We are thrilled to introduce our seventh episode, ‘The Isolation Conversation – Settling into Isolation’. Featuring Mark Stokes – Chief Technical Officer at Attollo Intranet, Jon Levesque – Senior PM on the Power Automate Team at Microsoft, Christina Wheeler – Principles Solution Architect at Canviz, and Alex Pearce – Owner at BFC Networks.

If you want to watch this episode click here & enjoy!

What lessons have you learnt over the last week?

With the COVID-19 outbreak, our working worlds have changed even for those that are used to remote working. We asked our panel what lessons they have learnt this week whilst working in lockdown.

  • I’ve learnt that I need to rest more as my workload is so huge. Department for Learning has given out vouchers for schools so it’s created new challenges and the workload has increased.
  • I wasn’t as ‘in shape’ as I thought I was and that VR is amazing self-isolation therapy. Plus I have finally accepted that my travel plans had to stop and instead I made way for some improvements in my home life.
  • I really hate yard work (working in the garden) and that I should always just pay someone else to do that.
  • I would have to echo that and say that we have a cleaner as our workloads are very busy.
  • I have not done anything yet, we’ve been so busy in lockdown that I haven’t started any hobbies so I’ve just bought myself a drone. I’m interested to see how it goes.
  • I still need to learn how to stop and rest.
  • We’ve started virtual reality talks and that encourages me to get back into everything.

How are we settling into isolation?

What has changed or become normal that you haven’t expected?

  • In the first episode when this was aired, I said that I felt fine and felt good about things but now we are 7 weeks in and I feel like I’m missing, even more, travel, seeing my friends, being on stage. Those things that I really love and it’s starting to get to me. I’ve currently taken too much solace in spending money, I have to get out and out of the house before I spend all of the money I’m working for.
  • I keep buying things for the kids during the lockdown.
  • I am so used to travelling 90,000 miles so this has been very difficult to stay at home.
  • VR has been extremely therapeutic.
  • Just talking to the same person all the time doesn’t feel like enough of a social interaction.

What will people take from lockdown moving forward?

  • Customers and employers are relaxed about people working from home.
  • Have we been in this situation long enough to see real change?
  • Companies are opening up to soft office openings. Some companies were 100% based in a building but companies are seeing that they can see that they are able to work remotely.
  • I think if we give it another two years, we will go back to how we were. We have made changes to our culture and learn as we go along in life, but we would do this in life anyway.

What’s Next?

We are thrilled to introduce our eighth episode, ‘The Isolation Conversation – Charities in Isolation’ which will launch next week. Featuring Mark Stokes – Chief Technical Officer at Attollo Intranet, Jamie Edwards – Chief Executive at Shrewsbury Town in the Community, Natalie Hughes – Charity Manager at Little Rascals Foundation, and Julie Child – General Manager at Race Against Blood Cancer.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact us via email or call us on +44 (0)1952 288 365.

By Sam Dolan

Sam Dolan is a consultant for Attollo specialising in Intranets, SharePont & Microsoft 365.

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