This week the hospital sent out a newsletter update, part of which outlined the newly updated “work from home” policy. It talked about how COVID really changed the perspective on work from home positions- which prior to the pandemic were fairly rare within the hospital administration world.
In the Transplant department, my data analyst role was one of the few I even knew of that was primarily work from home (except maybe some IT support roles?). And that had even been still evolving. When I started 5 years ago, the requirement was to be on site in office 1x/ week. Then, we backed it off several years ago to 2 x/month in the office, and eventually 1x/month (loosely. 😉 Now, I haven’t set foot inside the hospital since February 2020!)
But all of the managers, transplant coordinators, etc. worked almost fully in person- even though they really just sat in offices, mostly. (Obviously patient care roles would be in person- although I guess even THAT is changing now in some cases, with video conferencing, etc.)
The new policy said though that now, “by default”, ALL hospital roles that do not “require” in person appearance will be work from home as their primary work site!!! WHOA. This is a huge change for many people. Some of the transplant admin roles still entail a lot of meetings, but I guess the world is so good at Webex meetings now that this isn’t seen as a reason to be in person any more!
The letter referenced some hospital admin buildings literally sitting “vacant” for months now…it sounded like they are actually planning to get rid of a ton of that space, or repurpose it or something. Will be interesting to see how this plays out long term in other companies, too. Probably not the best time to be an office building owner. 😬
I personally love working from home, but it raises questions for me, too. I think it might not be for everyone, and I wonder how “everyone” working from home permanently might affect our culture/society down the road- not necessarily in a bad way, but just different, maybe? (I do think that WFH home option increases work/life satisfaction! It’s much easier to balance (non-work)LIFE and WORK if you can have more flexibility, that’s for sure.)
I have heard from some people that they like the idea of a mix- WFH some days, in office a couple days a week. If I lived closer to the hospital, I could see this being a nice option. I’m too lazy to drive downtown though, so I prefer to WFH 100%!!
Yesterday on the no school day Asher worked hard on this drawing all afternoon:
Then last night he started coloring it with colored pencil.
I hope he keeps drawing a lot this summer!! I found a cool online drawing course he might try out, with different video segments that you work your way through.
I am grateful that work from home is HERE TO STAY. My position already was pre-covid, but sometimes I used to worry that for some reason it would get shifted back to in person. Now, that seems basically impossible. So, I’m glad about that, because I love the flexibility of WFH. (I like to work a few hours, take a longer break and do something else like workout, work more, etc…can’t do that as easily in a traditional office setting.)