One ironic thing about being made redundant was that in terms of job satisfaction the timing was awful. I had pretty much finally got to a place where I was doing what I wanted. In fact, my JOB SATISFACTION had been on a steady UPWARD TREND for the last few years. There were two main reasons for this.
The first reason was that I was doing more HANDS-ON DEVELOPMENT. I went into IT to code and build stuff. If you are good, the inevitable thing in a corporation is that you end up team leading, project managing and people managing. When you add on supporting, testing, advising, investigating, meeting, Firm bureaucracy, dealing with clients etc, there becomes precious little time for coding. The nature of the business and the squeezing of costs over the last few years, however, had meant that I had ended up working on my core business functions and systems pretty much by myself. That was great! Well by myself in the sense that I was the only dev/support resource supporting a client base in Hong Kong, London, Budapest, and New York, and working with my broader team, and the other quant, testing, IT, and infrastructure teams needed to get things done in a large organisation dealing with Equity Derivatives Risk. So there was still plenty of people to deal with on a daily basis!
It’s also not lost on me that the downsizing and relocation of resource that led to my happy position also contributed to my redundancy, as my job was ultimately moved to another country too, to be absorbed by a team there.
The second reason for my increasing JOB SATISFACTION was that over 8 years I had moved from working in the office with a 4 hr round commute 5 days a week, to WORKING FROM HOME pretty much 5 days a week. The move from 2 to 5 days WFH had happened quickly towards the end of that period.
I’m EXCELLENT at working from home. Some people aren’t. An office is just a desk, chair, phone and computer in my mind. Doesn’t matter where it is. It’s actually harder for me to not work, hence the “Please work responsibly” graphic. It’s a lot easier to work until 22:30, like I did the other night on some research, when you are at home than when you have to leave to get a train home and still function the next day. Conversely, it’s a lot harder to dump that work stress in the split second it takes you to cross the doorway between the study and the rest of the house.
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