Opinion: Let's not lose human touch

 

Last updated 5/9/2020 at 3:06pm



After two months of working at home I do believe our society may come away changed forever.

Many of us knew for a long time most of our job could be done anywhere we had a phone and a WiFi connection. The last two months have proven that to be correct.

Sure, there have been a few things that have been unhandy, most of which I could change with just a few changes in my home office space.

The advantages in a time when folks can’t get out and about anyway far outweigh the negatives. The wife whose main complaint previously was about how much time I spend at the office actually seems to relish the days when I tell her I have to go to the office for awhile.

Being under the same roof with my honey during these scary times has really been a blessing. Even if I do get lots of interruptions that hold up projects it’s been nice to be there for her.

It’s been nice to hang around in the sweats over a coffee cup while I get my day started. I’m dialing into just how long I can go without shaving before the 5 o’clock shadow is noticeable in a Zoom meeting. I don’t have a window in my office at work, so it’s really nice to sit at the dining room table with my laptop out and birds at the feeders outside the patio door.


I think a lot of people with jobs that can be done at home will likely continue to work at home once this pandemic is all over.

A good number have made the switch as connectivity has improved. It took a pretty heavy investment in connection but I had staff at newspapers working remotely 25 years ago. We got better at it along the way and it allowed multiple offices to share employees and made scheduling smaller staffs easier.

The Everyday Joe like myself has known in the back of our minds that a good portion of what we do we do on the phone or computer. We’ve just never had the sort of push we’ve received recently.

I do miss the interruptions that were a part of my day at the Chamber’s Visitor Center. We get the craziest calls, mostly people that don’t know who to call will just figure a Chamber of Commerce will know the answers. It’s fun to be the guy that has that answer.

It’s good to have the human contact. I miss seeing my Rotary Club except on Zoom, I miss the lunch and the face-to-face board and committee meetings. Heck I even miss seeing my doctor in person. Most of all I miss seeing my church family and being able to get the hugs.

I definitely think that having the flexibility to work and meet remotely is something we need to carry forward out of this mess, but let’s not go so overboard that we lose the human touch.

Karl Terry writes for Clovis Media Inc. Contact him at:

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