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Falling tree

So here in the UK, Storm ‘Doris’ hit many areas hard in the last 48 hours. With 94 mph winds, it has offered some ‘challenges’.

Travel has been arduous and taken many hours longer than it should have. Damage to trees, cars and sadly people has been on the news and on everyone’s lips. Snow, torrential rain and howling winds have taken their toll – shutting roads, ports and bridges, and even grounding planes.  Powercuts have spurred on resourcefulness (and cries of ‘where are those candles I bought for emergencies back in 1989?!’), and many parent’s sigh of relief that their children’s tablet has enough battery life to keep the ‘yunguns’ entertained.

It has been disruptive.

How do I know this? Well, firstly I live in the UK. Secondly, I saw it on Facebook and Twitter.

From my home office I saw rain and wind  through the window, and popped my head out the back door occasionally to check that the fencing was still in place, and had to cancel plans last evening because a friend could not get home from London in time due to debris on train tracks.

I was incredibly lucky that I did not have to travel to work – or anywhere in fact. I worked from home as I often do.

It is when furies like ‘Doris’ hit that I am reminded how  being an anywhere worker helps me to minimse time and risks of travelling in adverse conditions, and importantly – it  helps me to keep in touch with people that are travelling so that I know they are safe .

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11 comments on “Doris Does Damage
  1. Zara Pasalar says:

    Another great blog Paula – true to real life and showing where modern technology really can make all the difference!

  2. Paul Lang says:

    Tech trumps weather!

  3. Dinho Iwamoto says:

    I had a similar situation when I got a strong tropical storm in the country side of Brazil during a business trip. Thanks to Circuit I was able to contact my peers.

  4. Paula says:

    Thanks for the comments!

  5. Minas Botsis says:

    Sadly Britain gone through tough time with “Doris”. However, I am looking forward to hearing from you working outdoors during the warm Summer days.

  6. Istvan says:

    Circuit rocks, especially with the telephony connector implemented. No need for any other communication / collaboration device, but my smartphone I always carry. 🙂

  7. Jane Jellema says:

    Whether it’s inclement weather, feeling under the weather, or whether there are car problems, Circuit allows me to stay connected while continuing to complete meetings, webinars and conversations.

    Great blog- it certainly hits home!

  8. Catherine Ambrose says:

    Here here I’m looking forward to the tell tale tan lines in the summer when you are slogging away in your garden 🙂

  9. Arne Belter says:

    Good point on flexibility and anywhere workers. I would be keen on knowing who many working hours are wasted through weather problems?