A Day in the Life: Working from Home During Coronavirus

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by Top London PANo comments

Hi, I’m Matt. I’ve been recruited to do some temp work in London, but from home, during the coronavirus outbreak. Thanks to Love Success, I’ve worked in various London office support jobs, so I’m familiar with temping in the city, but this is a new situation for many of us.

As homeworking quickly became the norm, I assumed I wasn’t going to get any work. However, the role I’m doing has been created specifically because of coronavirus, which is interesting. I’m working for a medium-sized law business, organising homeworking schedules and taking responsibility for communication for those now working from home.

Here’s what today looked like for me:

8am: I get a lie-in. With no London commute, I can get up at 8 am and still be ready to start work at 9!

9am: Sat at my desk, I take a quick look at the priorities for the day and everyone’s schedules. I look at emails that have come in, organising them in terms of priority. I then head to Zoom, which we’re predominantly using for online meetings. I make sure all the right people have been invited to the right meeting and that they have the necessary access code.

10.30am: I make some phone calls to different people in the business. I want to check in that everyone has what they need at home and finds it possible to continue working. I make notes about what they’re struggling with and assure them that I’ll look into solutions.

11.30am: I do some research into different solutions that may help to supplement what we’ve done so far. One of our legal secretaries is struggling with her headset, so I order a new one to be delivered as soon as possible. A paralegal is struggling to ensure she has proper approval before commencing with a task, and she’s feeling worried about it. I do some research into different work management software that could be used to track approvals across the whole organisation.

12.30pm: It’s lunchtime. I make a sandwich in my kitchen before heading out for a run, keeping well away from other people!

1.30pm: I’ve got a Zoom meeting with the partners. We discuss what’s going well so far and what could be done better. This is useful for me to hear. I make notes and assure them that I’ll take action.

2.15pm: I’ve been asked to ‘sit in’ on a Zoom meeting and take notes. Much like I would do in an office, I listen attentively and take minutes.

3.15pm: I type up the minutes of the meeting and send them out for approval.

4.00pm: I take the time to answer some emails, pointing different people towards various options. One email concerns a team member who’s not responding properly to others, so I phone them to find out why they aren’t using MS Teams. It turns out they’re struggling with tech knowledge and their children being at home. We talk through different ideas to make life easier for them. We agree to trial some different hours, and I get agreement from the partners about this.

5.00pm: I’m done. It’s a short commute today!


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