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Re: Does anybody actually dislike working from home?
« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2020, 10:38:25 AM »
Oh @lyonaria this sounds terrible! No wonder you're happier keeping distance. I have lovely colleagues but I am happy maintaining the  friendships (vs professional) via WhatsApp etc. One was so kind as to send me champagne and a treat on my birthday! As for chit chat I can miss that but we have a daily coffee and tea half hour which sustains me otherwise.

If they do push to return before it's safe to do so, I'll be actively looking for another job that is remote. I'm not sacrificing health (mine/others) for the whimsy of some senior manager. I'm waiting for my FLR(m) and will feel more secure actively looking when that's to hand.

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I've been low key looking for a new job, but as I'm employed I'm looking for the right fit and don't want to jump into another crappy environment. So many jobs in my sector are in larger cities and they want you to be IN the office, which is a NO for me as my husband is extremely vulnerable.

The only good things about this job are we can all work from home during this time, no office hours required, and I do like the actual work I'm doing. Even if I dislike two of the people I work regularly with. Cie la vie.

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Re: Does anybody actually dislike working from home?
« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2020, 10:40:15 AM »
I've been low key looking for a new job, but as I'm employed I'm looking for the right fit and don't want to jump into another crappy environment. So many jobs in my sector are in larger cities and they want you to be IN the office, which is a NO for me as my husband is extremely vulnerable.

The only good things about this job are we can all work from home during this time, no office hours required, and I do like the actual work I'm doing. Even if I dislike two of the people I work regularly with. Cie la vie.

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Fingers crossed for you! I'm looking too but not trying to put applications in as readily unless as you said it is a good fit and aligns with your priorities (eg health and safety).

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Re: Does anybody actually dislike working from home?
« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2020, 10:45:21 AM »
Fingers crossed for you! I'm looking too but not trying to put applications in as readily unless as you said it is a good fit and aligns with your priorities (eg health and safety).

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Best of luck to you as well. I'm sure you'll find a good fit.

I've spoken with several recruiters rather than actively looking too hard. I really should though. It just feels like any marketing jobs starting now would probably be the first to be cut in the event of redundancies. And at least in my current role I have a two month notice period and it's been over two years now so actually get something in that case...


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Re: Does anybody actually dislike working from home?
« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2020, 10:51:01 AM »
It's disappointing to hear about people's offices not taking precautions seriously. I would straight up refuse to turn up to work if people weren't following the rules and state that you do not feel safe in the workplace. They will have NO leg to stand on. I thought my place was bad. We've had 6 cases in our 110 workforce (I'm in manufacturing). 20 people followed the self-isolation during the outbreak. It seems to really have controlled things.

There are screens in my office and we all face away from each other. You have to wear a mask when leaving your desk but not at your desk. A single person showing any symptom are sent straight home and people are immediately sent home for isolation for close contact if their tests come back positive.

However, you don't get paid for being off with covid. So people push it if they have any symptom. Thankfully, it's only proven to be a minority so far.
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Re: Does anybody actually dislike working from home?
« Reply #19 on: October 24, 2020, 10:41:07 AM »
I've been working from home for around 6 months. There are days where I go crazy and just want to work from elsewhere. You do get to save on travel costs, food and time.

I'm soon going to be working some days from a co-working space. I need to be around more people, home life is starting to take its toll.

I think once we're past this pandemic, you'll see loads of people working from home as businesses look to cut costs and save money where possible.

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Re: Does anybody actually dislike working from home?
« Reply #20 on: October 24, 2020, 11:58:40 AM »



However, you don't get paid for being off with covid. So people push it if they have any symptom. Thankfully, it's only proven to be a minority so far.

Do they not give you sick days at all or just long term sick?!


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Re: Does anybody actually dislike working from home?
« Reply #21 on: October 24, 2020, 12:11:47 PM »
There are many many pros for working from home.

I enjoy being able to pick my daughter up from school so so so much. I have the best commute ever. And I get a lot done.

But....: I really miss the social side and ease of knowledge in the office. As I’ve started a new job during lockdown and we are all still WFH. There was a MAJOR thing at work that had to be done yesterday at work and I, of course, quickly learned I don’t have access. Still not sorted. Had to go about a really awful method to get the work done and I expect to get chewed out for it next week.  On boarding remotely is a 4 out of 10 for me.

And I TOTALLY miss talking about Love Island.   ;D

But if I had to pick, I’d do 1 or 2 days a week in an active office. That is driven 90% by seeing my kids more and not travelling, 10% because I get more work done.

But yeah, I’ve learned I really LIKE an office!


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Re: Does anybody actually dislike working from home?
« Reply #22 on: October 24, 2020, 03:01:57 PM »




And I TOTALLY miss talking about Love Island.   ;D


Hahah you love love island!

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Re: Does anybody actually dislike working from home?
« Reply #23 on: October 26, 2020, 10:03:28 AM »

Do they not give you sick days at all or just long term sick?!


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If you were off for two weeks with covid you'd receive no pay, as with any other minor illness. I'm not saying covid is minor, just speaking generally for length of time unable to work typically.

However, if you had to self-isolate due to close contact you will get paid.

This is what caused food factories to have large outbreaks. Working close to one another and not getting paid if you have sick time off. People with 'just a cough' coming in. Fortunately for us, there are only a very small amount of areas where close contact is needed.
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Re: Does anybody actually dislike working from home?
« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2020, 10:05:08 AM »
If you were off for two weeks with covid you'd receive no pay, as with any other minor illness. I'm not saying covid is minor, just speaking generally for length of time unable to work typically.

However, if you had to self-isolate due to close contact you will get paid.
Oh yikes! I get 12 weeks full pay and 12 weeks half pay if I was sick! I thought there was a minimum for this here?

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Re: Does anybody actually dislike working from home?
« Reply #25 on: October 26, 2020, 10:17:20 AM »

Hahah you love love island!

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That's one thing I won't miss haha!

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Re: Does anybody actually dislike working from home?
« Reply #26 on: October 26, 2020, 10:17:59 AM »
Oh yikes! I get 12 weeks full pay and 12 weeks half pay if I was sick! I thought there was a minimum for this here?

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I thought so as well (unless you were a contractor but you would in theory make enough to have savings if you needed to go off), that's veryyy concerning to hear


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Re: Does anybody actually dislike working from home?
« Reply #27 on: October 26, 2020, 10:21:13 AM »
Oh yikes! I get 12 weeks full pay and 12 weeks half pay if I was sick! I thought there was a minimum for this here?

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The minimum is SSP. There isn't any other rules about providing it.

I've not worked anywhere that has great sick leave pay, but my husband has so it really varies by company rather than industry. As he was in a lab testing pharmaceuticals and I've been in marketing with a car accessories company, tourism, and a marketing agency.

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Re: Does anybody actually dislike working from home?
« Reply #28 on: October 26, 2020, 10:39:21 AM »
Yeah, statutory sick pay is the standard.

£95.85 per week and you get it if you or someone you live with has it, if you’ve been contacted by Track & Trace, or if someone in your support bubble is positive.

Non-Covid kicks in on the 4th day off sick. So no one should be having 2 weeks unpaid Ben. If they are, I’d call them out on it!


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Re: Does anybody actually dislike working from home?
« Reply #29 on: October 26, 2020, 11:43:28 AM »
Yeah, statutory sick pay is the standard.

£95.85 per week and you get it if you or someone you live with has it, if you’ve been contacted by Track & Trace, or if someone in your support bubble is positive.

Non-Covid kicks in on the 4th day off sick. So no one should be having 2 weeks unpaid Ben. If they are, I’d call them out on it!

Yes i should clarify. SSP is provided. But it's naff all for the guys who are also on shifts so also have a shift up-lift.
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