These past few weeks have been a rollercoaster of activities. Hockey was full steam, across two teams. More family activities now that Spring is here. And work. It’s end of our fiscal, a new financial model is being deployed, new authorities being granted – mostly a lot of paperwork and meetings.
But this health stuff. Jeebers. A lot of people at work were not paying attention, and this seems to have caught more than a few unawares. The job I have supports key pieces that let a ton of people work remotely. Snowdays, strikes, things of that nature usually push us to capacity. But they are generally pretty rare, and localized.
Right now in Canada, we have an entire province on lockdown, and quite a few big cities. So nearbouts 90% of my userbase, and pretty much my entire team. Where we’d see spikes to say 30,000 – now we’re looking more like 300,000. Fine enough. Most of the pieces were built to work on agnostic networks (anywhere, anyplace, anytime). Some require bums-in-seats to work, which is going to cause a lot of headaches. Some support emergency health services… so that’s clearly top of pile.
Managing the regular workload + end of year workload + COVID19 prep work is bonkers. Individual people are generally pretty good about it, but people, people suck. One bad grape can ruin an entire bunch with stupid conspiracy theories, or irrational behaviors.
I have my own opinions about it, but the gist is that the people in charge of this here globe of ours are not dumb. WHO is made of some of the brightest minds on the planet. Governments are consulting like crazy, and not making decisions lightly. (They may be lead by morons, but that’s over a beer or two.) Everyone is acutely aware of the impacts of shutting down trade for a month. Impacts that will be felt for 10+ years. Making those calls is not easy, and it’s not simple.
For the next few weeks I’ll continue to work from home, same with the team. Kids will be around for an extra break (some homeschooling will be needed). And with every group activity cancelled and gathering spot closed, it’s going to be a lot of “back to basics” around the house. Entirely manageable, and I’m quite looking forward to spending more time with the family.