So. Day 1 back in the office at new-old job. I say “new” because I was re-hired, but of course, it is my old job. It’s bizarre. Everything was frozen in time. Nothing has been worked on. It might as well be April 10th (the day after I was told I was laid off) today.
I knew it would happen. I’ve already had people chomping at the bit to discuss status updates. That’s fine. I’m not killing myself and I’m just sort of easing my way back in…looking around the office for signs of familiarity.
We are doing this 50% capacity thing where 50% of the office will work in the office for a week and 50% will work from home the same week and then switch. I think this is a good move and it’s working smoothly so far. The entrances have been condensed to only one way in and out and you have to log in, fill out a form and sign it, stating you have not been exposed to Covid, etc. and then wash your hands before you can enter your workspace. There are cleaning products all over the office and everyone must wear a mask except when you are sitting at your desk and working solo. If anyone comes to talk, you must both don your masks. If you get up to walk anywhere, you must wear your mask and socially distance. So far so good.
I said hello to Golden Boy to see if he wanted to touch base in case he had touched any of my projects and he was like YES we need to get together, but it sounded more like he wants help with some other projects that I was helping him with before I was let go.
And I have a list from Boss, but it just appears that it’s the same list I left him with on my last few days working! See? Frozen in time!
I got to take my lunchtime walk. It was nice to get out of the office at the halfway mark. I wasn’t sure I would be able to, but I got to get some nice sunshine and take a good walk. Once again, felt like old times. It was comforting in a way - almost made me feel like things are right with the world - even though they are not even close to being right.
I don’t know what’s what right now. But I do know that I’m extremely happy to have this job. I’m so much better with a schedule and a sense of being right now. Sure, it’s already stressful, but I’m super pleased with how it’s been so far.
We’ll see what tomorrow brings…