Welcome to the tenth and final entry in a series of weekly insights, delving into the lives and thoughts of college staff working from home.
This week we hear from Matt Nash, who is the director of finance within Corporate Services.
Well, working from home has certainly been an interesting, and probably more musical experience than I was expecting. I was already self-isolating a week before the rest of the country went into lockdown and therefore didn't have any time at all to plan and prepare for working remotely, but with the great help of the ICT department as well as the rest of the Finance Team we were able to develop workarounds quickly. This was perhaps most apparent within the Payroll function who have done a sterling job in ensuring that all employees continue to be paid as normal on a monthly basis.
As well as the payroll, our main focus has been on ensuring that the Senior Management Team and the Board are kept up to date with changes in projections of the Grŵp's financial performance. Key to this has been the continuing timely production of management accounts and forecasts and I have to thank my team in overcoming hurdles to ensure that this has been achieved.
As a department we are spread over three sites at Rhos, Bangor and Pwllheli and in "normal" times we generally only get together as a whole department once a term. One of the benefits of the lockdown period has been that we have taken the opportunity to "meet" on a more regular basis, just for a general catch up or to have quizzes or bingo sessions!!
I definitely foresee the lessons learned from these months being taken forward into how we work in the future.
Outside of the finance department I have really enjoyed being involved in the Daily Song Challenge on the Grŵp's Facebook page - this has introduced me to lots of members of the Grŵp who I haven't met before and they've introduced me to lots of new music too.
I started off the lockdown period just doing a short post via email to my Finance Team of my rudimentary ukulele rendition of "We'll Meet Again". This seemed to go down quite well and in turn led to my first (and second) ever gigs for the members of the Coleg Menai and Meirion Dwyfor Learner Services Team. I'm available for socially distanced weddings and bar mitzvahs for a very reasonable fee!!
Most of all though with regards to working from home I am enjoying the fact that on a Friday evening it is only 13 steps and not 35 miles between me and the first beer of the weekend.