A run-in with the sickness bug that’s being doing the rounds lately saw me come off second best and forced me to take the day off work recently.
In years gone by that wouldn’t have beenn too much of a problem – Monday is one of our quieter days of the weeks and working a few extra hours on Tuesday and Wednesday would have enabled me to catch up.
Now, however, we have e-mail.
There’s no doubt it’s a great tool but, when you’re off for any length of time, it becomes a nightmare.
Where before you would have come back to a note or two stuck to your typewriter now you have an avalanche of e-mails to deal with – and they don’t do sick days.
I arrive back to more than 70 messages clogging my In Box and, and even when those that required no attention, were relegated to the Deleted Items folder, it still left me with upwards of 50 to deal with.
By 11.30 a.m. I was pretty much through them but was then hit by the another gremlin of the modern-day office - a grindingly slow network. Yes, they certainly do have sick days.
It makes me yearn for the days of my Woolworths typewriter held together with sticky tape and Blu-Tac.