To say that I am busy right now at work would be an understatement. I have a list of things to do that is extremely long. Anyone in HR with a compensation element to their practice this time of year knows exactly what I am talking about. I have a commitment to client service which means delivering on commitments on time but being in a small firm, sometimes we are short on manpower and I need to focus and crank.
For the last couple of years I have been working from home more frequently. This actually works out OK for the most part. I have a comfortable place to work where I can focus on analysis, reports and recommendations, and conference calls. I save the time of driving to my office; and interesting enough it is often a shorter distance from my house to a client than from my office; giving more productive time during the day. Modern technology itself is helpful; I can screen share and participate in video conferences whenever I need to. The office is there when I need it and sometimes I do. For the most part, I’m happy with my circumstances.
Things go swimmingly until they don’t.
Case in point, this past Monday.
During the day, most of the time my dog Mars is asleep on the couch beside me. If I am careful, I can avoid being on the phone during his barking times (like when the mail arrives) so as not to startle those on the other end. I’m mostly successful.
So imagine me coming back from a meeting; task list in hand, starting to get down to work right away, and discover Mars is agitated. Whining. Pacing. Jumping on the couch and off. Barking. Something is clearly wrong.
Then I hear it. That clicking sound. It’s the smoke detector, telling me that the battery is dying. Every two minutes, a click. I try to pet him and tell him it will be alright. I text my husband to tell him he needs to buy a battery on his way home. I look to see if I can get up there on my own to take it down and can’t unscrew it. I sit back down and the next thing I know Mars is in my lap. Cue the video.
Human resources professionals have all sorts of interruptions. What are yours?