Working from home day in and day out is something only a handful of people could have related to before the coronavirus pandemic.
However, over the last 18 months most of us have experienced some form of change or shift to our normal working lives.
The nation was told for the first time to "stay at home" and offices became ghost towns and socialising with colleagues was a thing of the past.
Whilst most of us had to adapt to the shift from office to home and are well used to Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Chat, one man from Accrington decided it wasn't quite for him.
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IT Technician, Ian Entwistle was well versed in the concept of working from home years before the pandemic began but what changed for him, was when the rest of his family joined him at home to share the dining table which he knew as the office.
He said: “To have the quiet house where I could sit and think about work or sit in the garden and think about something and then suddenly Covid comes along and we’ve four of us in the house all trying to work.
“Laptops, screens, keyboards everywhere, Zoom calls, Teams calls, the children as well needing support on their education was really a big change for us.
“I needed to be able to get on with my work and struggling to concentrate on my work, I didn’t have that headspace to be in.”
Like many families, Ian, his wife and their kids found the change to be quite the shock to the system and collectively realised they needed to figure out how to make this work.
“Equally for my wife who didn’t work at home and the children who weren't used to working from home, that was difficult for them,” Ian said.
“Adjusting to this environment where you haven’t got a desk, you haven’t got the teacher in front of you for the children.”
Ian had known about the units available in the Accrington Markets and after almost a year working from home, Ian began to consider the option of renting out the office spaces as a way to help relieve some of the pressure at home.
From the new year in 2021, he stopped working from home and moved into his new space.
“You’ve not got anything to talk about that happened outside that little home bubble,” Ian said.
“Now I come home and say, oh I’ve picked up such a thing from the market or my wife might ring me up and say, oh can you get me some carrots we’re running out of carrots.
“There’s a bit of normality of life brought by me being there and not sat in the back room on the old dining table.”
For Ian, his work conditions have now changed for good and he plans on using a “hybrid” approach of working from his market office and popping into his workplace a couple of times a month.
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