It was a big earthquake last week, 7.8 as it’s turned out. It’s shaken up my life, in a way. And it’s proven the value of having a Plan B in my pocket.
What I mean is having a clearly defined action plan in case certain events happen and risks suddenly materialise.
For example, I agreed a Plan B with my manager months ago for the time when our offices would be refitted for mobile working, and how I could continue in my role with the increase load of microwave radiation that would come with this.
Funny enough, on the Sunday just 12 hours before the quake, Gregor and I also agreed on a Plan B for us should I loose my job in the upcoming restructure, or should my lease for the house I rent get terminated.
But I’m digressing.
You might think wow what a pessimistic outlook on life. Well no, to clarify this, I’m not a pessimist, I just have a well developed risk radar. And personal risk management approach.
Which did prove its worth last week.
On Thursday, the office where I work was finally opened again. I work on a floor with about 80 desks or so.And two of them had been displaced.
Where I used to sit is now cordoned off no-man’s land.
That’s what happens when you’re living on the edge. On the edge of the seismic joint running across the entire building. That bore the brunt of the quake, doing what it was built to do.
My desk is now down the hall, much closer to other people and the windows which all adds up in terms of microwave radiation load.
It would have been a bit of a shock if it hadn’t been for Plan B.
While my manager and I didn’t have earthquakes in mind when we agreed Plan B, on Thursday, it was just like flicking a switch to activate it. Easy as! There wasn’t a moment of fear , doubt or hesitation, it was more like ‘Ok, the time has come that I’ll primarly work home based now’.
And that’s what I’ve been doing since then.
I haven’t quite settled into a routine yet, but I’m getting there. And I’ve heard that some other people also work from home more now, because it makes them feel safer.
This might all sound like a fairly small change hardly worth more than a couple of paragraphs. But the real impact, or chance as I see it, is in terms of the upcoming big restructure.
By the time this will affect me (March onwards, I will be well established as a productive valuable home based worker. Which I hope will increase my chance to be able to continue with home based working even in case of a change of manger.
It’s not jut that I don’t want to loose my job because I’ll hardly ever be able to find a new one that I can do without making myself sick from microwave radiation. It’s also because it’s still the best job I ever had, and lately it’s been so rewarding with such great opportunities that I’m just not ready to let it go.
Which leads straight to my next topic: Letting go.
Let’s talk about that next time.