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dharrigan05:02:30

Good Morning!

seancorfield05:02:15

Can't believe it's almost March and nearly a year since we went into lockdown. Strange world.

dharrigan05:02:47

Indeed. The new norm is the old norm.

dharrigan05:02:47

oh, the offspring is awake

dharrigan05:02:37

he needs a pee pee

dharrigan05:02:41

talk later! 🙂

djm08:02:04

My employer is getting rid of our office, so lockdown or no lockdown won't make much difference to me

dharrigan08:02:39

We're in the same boat. The lease on our office has not been renewed.

thomas08:02:35

morning. I haven't worked at an office for almost a year now.

djm08:02:33

I wasn't keen on it when we started WFH last year (I still haven't got the hang of pair programming via zoom), but now I'm glad we're not going back

djm08:02:38

On the other hand, I'm currently working on trying to persuade people to hire me to write Clojure, which is not an option locally, so places switching to remote work is a plus from that point of view

cdpjenkins10:02:49

Morning. We renewed the lease on our office (and I don’t quite understand why) but I don’t predict that we’ll all be going back there, given that lots of us, including me, have moved out of London in the past year.

Jordan Robinson10:02:50

I really didn't like wfh beforehand but now I don't think I'd want to go back to an office full time

Jordan Robinson10:02:10

I think a lot of it before was being the odd one out, as in, everyone else in the office and one person wfh means that one person misses out on most of the decisions/conversations

danm16:02:16

My last job was quite stressful when I was the only remote person. We were still in a BBC office, but everyone else was in 2 large groups in London and Glasgow, and then I was the only one in the Manchester office. So I had other tech folk to talk to in person, but all the meetings etc I tended to be the only one on VC. Things got a lot better for me when first lockdown happened and everyone went remote. I suddenly had a much better idea what else was going on because people talked about it on Slack/in video chats more

Jordan Robinson16:02:21

this was my experience too, I was mainly working in a Manchester office for a company with pretty much everyone else in London, totally changed after lockdown

mamapitufo10:02:23

I've been working from home for the past few years, and I wasn't planning on going back to an office any time soon... It'll be nice to be able to go for a sandwich and a coffee for lunch, or a movie or gig in the evening though!

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mamapitufo10:02:31

Yeah, when the interaction is mainly in-person, being remote doesn't work well. In the last job I had on an office half of the team was in another office, so we used to pair in the phone half of the time, and stand-ups, retros, etc. were on the phone, and it worked quite well.

alexlynham10:02:57

i've been working from home/an office of my choosing for a couple of years, i'll probably start going back into my shared office mon/fri but def not full time

zyxmn10:02:29

Good morning

zyxmn10:02:34

flexible work is great , don't wanna miss the friday evenings piss up

mccraigmccraig10:02:43

my travel time to the office is ~2hrs... the homeward journey makes friday evening piss ups a lot less attractive

alexlynham10:02:42

yeah when you're in london, you get drunk and then spend two hours on the pendolino regretting the decision

alexlynham10:02:53

still, the ride home from stockport was usually brisk

dharrigan10:02:07

I used to live in Stockport

dharrigan10:02:12

and work there too!

Conor11:02:49

I wonder if the Viking tapas place is still there

zyxmn11:02:09

viking tapas? wait what ...

Conor11:02:41

Apparently not, "Vinabod has announced its immediate closure, leaving locals 'gutted'"

alexlynham11:02:10

yeah sadly it closed

alexlynham11:02:31

it was ace, but i think they had planned on making their money on the food and AFAICT it was just people buying lager

alexlynham11:02:44

i ordered mead but i imagine their margins on that weren't great

maleghast12:02:19

Hello everyone 🙂 Has anyone heard from @glfinn83 ? (wrt to matters seismic in their immediate locale)

Gulli12:02:32

I'm here 🙂

Gulli12:02:47

Things seem to have stabilised a bit, thank you

maleghast12:02:01

Glad to hear it 🙂

Gulli12:02:29

It's still going on a bit, but hopefully it wont spark any volcanoes! I want to get back to the UK next month

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danm16:02:16

My last job was quite stressful when I was the only remote person. We were still in a BBC office, but everyone else was in 2 large groups in London and Glasgow, and then I was the only one in the Manchester office. So I had other tech folk to talk to in person, but all the meetings etc I tended to be the only one on VC. Things got a lot better for me when first lockdown happened and everyone went remote. I suddenly had a much better idea what else was going on because people talked about it on Slack/in video chats more

seancorfield16:02:08

Re: remote - I've been 100% remote for about 13 years now. Current company has been 100% remote for nearly a decade. Several staff moved back home to Europe from California and no one actually noticed for months!