Driving through lockdown

The clocks went back this weekend, so woke up an hour earlier this morning (it felt), and darkness certainly descended an hour earlier tonight… time to put the fire on and a cup of cocoa I think…! Still, the observations from the week.

  • I have reached a new milestone in my longsightedness… finding I need to wear glasses to not only read, but also now see my food whilst eating… it caught me quite off guard, but I suppose I will get used to it..
  • Another food-related trend was drive through queues… they seem to have become huge, with cars trailing around the block for a simple take out… seems I am not alone in hankering after a sneaky fast food treat whilst lockdown restrictions are eased… it is the ‘COVID pounds rebound’ I fear!
  • Workwise, some more interesting discussions this week, with the topic of remote hiring, onboarding, training, and working coming up more and more… businesses are clearly now committing to and prepping for a more remote workforce longer-term… times really are changing.

Have a good week everyone… @chris_w_tweet

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Fake commutes and twinkies

A few things caught my eye this week as we all wrestled with the fact that it is looking like lockdown will continue and we enter a second wave.

First, was the changing nature of work, and how it seems we are moving towards a more blended style of working.
A few days at home, a few in the office, seems increasingly common, with some people opting for long commutes from the countryside rather than permanent city centre living…. with rental prices declining in major cities… everything is linked.

When working from home, our typical commute time has been dramatically reduced… from about an hour to 5mins… if you really walk slowly!
This of course gives more time for work, however as the pandemic has lengthened so has the realisation that this time that can be grabbed back. Hence the rise of the fake commute…. a time to mentally change gears, separate home and work life and not to mention maybe get in a bit of exercise…. an interesting trend.

Elsewhere, story of challenges in the fintech sector continue. This week it was the turn of P2P lending, with customers struggling to withdraw invested money.
Investing in loans does of course have common complications in terms of waiting for end of term or replacement investors for money to be released… I suppose this is the advantage large banks and banking in general has… these are getting highlighted in times like these it feels.

An finally, my favourite story of the week, is about the indestructible twinkie, and how its gradual decomposition was new to science… I knew there was a reason I left them somewhere!

Have a good weekend eveyone…@chris_w_tweet

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Good morning – Mr Grumpy

It was all Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, in the news here this week and lockdown restrictions are all starting to get a little confusing, to be honest. This being said with cases and hospital admissions now increasing, we do all need to take care …. observations for this week.

  • With new restrictions being discussed, I have been suffering from lockdown fatigue… it is not just the length of lockdown or missing summer holidays, but now the little events… birthday parties, bonfire night or halloween… I realise how much these can help to keep me cheery and they are now not there… still mince pies are in the shops… so I suppose that is something…!
  • This week I also really noticed how I am getting up in the dark again… mainly because it was just so hard to get up… hopefully, I get used to it soon as is making for a bleary-eyed, start to the day… a sure sign of Autumn
  • Workwise, everyone I have been speaking with is reporting increasing work volumes. We are all heads down, in preparation for the next few months and future it feels…

Stay safe everyone…have a good week… @chris_w_tweet

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