What does your morning routine look like now? As I only work 1 or 2 days a week, my working day(s) begin around 7.00am with a review of all unread emails. A quick break at 10.00am (unless involved at that time in a Skype, Zoom, 8×8 video ……… remote meeting) for a cup of tea and a bite to eat.
Where is your home office? My new workplace is in the corner of a bedroom, a room that used to be the domain of our two sons. With one of them now living in London and the other in Sydney, neither are in a position to just pop in with their families for a quick visit. My wife has therefore turned this room into a shrine for her beloved Newcastle United.
What’s on the menu for lunch? Probably a sandwich and another cup of tea.
What work are you currently involved in? I am engaged in work relating to the Scottish Trunk Road network. In terms of my role and job title, I am one of the Network Resilience Managers for Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government’s Transport Agency. Bad weather, which can lead to flooding, landslides and potential road closures, did not go into lockdown and so incidents still arise that need to be dealt with, and promptly.
On non-working days, some of my time is spent carrying out ongoing voluntary work on behalf of the Engineering Council and also for a number of the Professional Engineering Institutions. This work tends to involve numerous meetings, the majority of which were being held in the respective HQ offices in London. For now they are all being conducted using a range of remote meeting platforms.
Best bit about remote working? Still looking for it! I guess not having the 140 mile round trip to the Transport Scotland office in Glasgow (not to mention reducing my carbon footprint) and saving on the associated cost of travel is definitely a bonus.
Worst bit about remote working? Self-discipline and establishing (and sticking to) a routine.
What do you do for your one bit of exercise each day? Country walk or cycle. Living on the edge of Highland Perthshire I am spoilt for choice.
What is the first place you will go when lockdown is over? Ideally the village pub (recent winners of a Channel 4 series of Four In A Bed) which is literally just across the road – but in reality to visit my daughter who lives in a neighbouring village.