High - My industry is booming, with more people working from home the need to telecommunication is high and we are busy with getting 300 agents working from home via softphones and another 700 through the emailing system.
Low - It's lots of work that needs to be rushed and should have been done years ago when I brought it up but when you have old people in charge of changes like this they seem to want to fight everything about remote work.
Extra High - This virus will certainly push towards a remote work situation and hopefully make it more common place. I've been working from home for years to the point that people actually think I am in the office but I'm at home
So an update on my depressing note yesterday. Our alternative revenue stream is kicking in nicely. Keeps things ticking over, albeit only for half a day, and it isn't as high a margin as the business we have lost so far, but it's cause for cautious optimism.
We are still consulting about short timing and where to save costs, but if we can weather this storm we will be in such a great position.
Low - Sick as well with a throat infection. Decided NOT to take chances with it and went to the doctor anyway. Decided to actually take the recommended five days off I was booked off, which I never do. Doctors aren't taking patients into waiting rooms anymore, had to wait in the car until it was my time to go in. Suffice to say, if you weren't taking this virus thing seriously before, have a bit of a chat with your GP and you'll see it's no laughing matter.
High - I always have so much to do at home, boredom is never an option. My biggest problem is really deciding what to do first. Think I need to make a schedule.
High - Working from home (have been for a while now...)
High 2 - I'm used to this, since I had my own business from home for 5 years
Low - Requests from work and literally EVERYTHING is urgent. Nightmare
Lowest of the low - We are scrambling at the moment to get all staff who are temporarily laid off during the shutdown sorted with UIF. The admin is a nightmare and noone can answer simple questions. The normal UIF procedure requires the applicant to get a UIF from stamped and signed by their bank to prevent fraud. Guess what noone has time anymore to get to the banks and stand in the insanely long queues to get this done and submitted.
The MoL was on 702 this morning and when this problem was put to him/her and what should people do, the answer was I don't know but here's an office number to call. But you can only call after 12pm.
People phoned in to ask when they can expect their payments. The answer "I don't know"
I understand that the government is scrambling as much as we are with this, it's an unusual situation and systems etc were never designed anywhere for this, but to have a minister simply answer "I don't know" is completely and utterly unacceptable.
I am so worried that staff etc are not going to have even the little that UIF is giving next month.