- Mar 29, 2020
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My wife's in a similar boat. She works for the University System of New Hampshire (does budget work for the entire system, which consists of four universities/colleges). Just the other day, HR sent out a memo to expect telecommuting to continue into August. She does miss the human interaction (beyond that of her loving husband) but at the same time, she's not thrilled at the idea of returning to a cubical farm with a common, closed air ventilation system.It's starting to dawn on me that I'm going to be telecommuting for likely quite a while longer. Don't get me wrong, I fully realize how fortunate I am to still have a secure and stable job. But working at a major university, once we do open back up, unless COVID straight disappears or a vaccine is developed and quickly distributed to everyone, all schools that have high population densities will do a form of crowd-lessening. It's become clear over the past 10 weeks that my job can be safely done remotely, and I'm pretty efficient and effective in that mode. So when it comes time to deciding who to allot the lessened amount of staff space...I'll likely be asked to stay remote for a good portion of the time.
It's ironic, if you'd talked to me years ago, I would have loved the opportunity to telecommute. Be careful what you wish for...I miss human interaction.