started a new job last week, on paper at least. The actual training etc begins tomorrow. First time doing an "office" job. The plan is to learn everything from home then go into a hybrid model splitting the week between home and the building. This isn't because of the pandemic, this was always their plan.
I'm really excited to work from home - not just being able to avoid people at work, but the reduced risks of not having to get a bus. I hadn't really clicked until this all happened how disgusting public transport can actually be, even thought I've never learned to drive I hadn't really clicked how many clatty, rotten bastards are out there in the world being bogging.
They're talking about how it is important to be able to build strong relationships with other colleagues and that's why we will still need to go in a few days every week, but I can see me pushing back on that where possible. Based on the job description and role, I can't see what really needs done in person that can't be done via email and telephone. They're strongly encouraging us to sign up for a scheme called fika, where you are randomly paired up with someone else in the org for a fifteen minute chat that's not about work at all. I can't imagine anything worse. "Do you like football?" "No. Do you like dance music?" "Not really." "Oh, cool." I absolutely do not need ice-breakers to be able to talk to other adults, and I do not go to work to make friends and expand my social circle because, whatever odds there are that these people might turn out to be likeable and mutually stimulating, I simply do not go to work to make friends. I go to work because capitalism determines I need to do it for food and loo roll.