BENSTAGE 19.1 Next Level Failure

The Corona Chronicles – Day 1

or: The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Like many other companies, my employer decided to lockdown the office and send each of us into home office. Or mobile office, which is kinda stupid, cause I’m hardly very mobile when I’m home but that’s a different story. While there are no direct Corona cases among us yet, it’s the right call yet alone in regards of our social responsibility to help to flatten the curve a bit and prevent the worse. Although it might sound as a no brainer, I imagine this is not an easy call. Sure, your biggest asset as a company should be your employees, thus their health should be your biggest priority, but it is naiv to believe that this has no impact in productive at all. Me being single and alone at home, there is not such a big problem, but every employer must understand that parents can’t and won’t be as productive as they could be in office – when their kids are taken care of. That’s just a fact, I think.

Personally, I never experienced something like this. At least, I can’t remember such lockdown for the whole country – and there have been some epidemics in the past years, right? I do take this thing serious, I understand that people are dying and that this is a serious risk for millions actually. Worldwide. still, I refuse to panic and I try to concentrate on the positive side, every catastrophe can offer. While I screen the news here and there, I do not engage with them too much, at least I don’t really follow the live newsblog’s every minute. It is a pandemic, it gets worse, more and more people are infected and people die. That’s clear so far. Next thing I wanna read is that the current measurements show some effect and that the rate slows down. Besides that, we have to wait I guess.

Reason for this little diary is more or less my curiosity what this does to society, the economy, our behaviour and last but not least, to myself. I thought that this thing is a nice reason to get in touch with an old friend of mine (“Words are my friends” – Alan Shore) and keep some kind of log about the next days, weeks and let’s see … Not always too curious (the day I lose my humour, I’m done) but with some witty comments about what’s going on.

So working from home was never really a big issue for me. Not in the sense of not being productive, quite the opposite. In home office, it can happen to me that I start working at 7 am and stop at 11 pm, realising I haven’t eaten anything and that I needed to pee like six hours ago. If so, home office is dangerous to me in working too mich, not detaching at all and forgetting everything around me. I love what I’m doing, I find it fulfilling and that’s why it’s easy for me to lose myself in it. The last days, I felt uneasy. Most of my social interactions, actually happens at work. I’m not really shy or social challenged, but kinda. At least, I’m not really good at it. So the outlook of being alone for weeks (or months) in my flat is not something I like. I’m not locked in of course, I do leave my flat and stuff, but still. It is a change and the next days I wanna document them by also looking beyond my own nose and see what could be actually a good outcome of this …

P.S. If you get the joke of the image, you are a) kinda old and b) have a good taste in movies 😉

P.P.S. And just in case someone things so – no, I don’t want to make fun of a very serious situation. I only try to find my own way to cope with it. While not stop laughing or see the good in things – if possible.

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BENSTAGE 19.1 Next Level Failure

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