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Day One: Registry 2.0

Day One – 24/03/20

Well it happened!! We finally got locked down (somewhat) and saw the office come to a close. Preparation paid off as all staff were set up to work from home, lugging home folders and equipment to set up an ‘office from office’ environment from their very own homes.

This morning was a true wake up call to say the least when furniture was shifted to make room for a printer, scanner and computer to re-create the Data Processing (DP) Department in our very own living room. Trying to ignore what was once my dining table now looking like a bad day at the office, operations gradually got up and running by connecting printers, scanners and SID which wasn’t as easy as Gavin (Systems & Projects Manager/Husband) had hoped.

GG Work From Home

With initial teething problems such as the printer not connecting to the network, and client1 not being able to print VICTOR data processing rejects this undoubtedly kept Gavin busy for the first few hours.

One by one, a solution was found and Registry 2.0 was in full flow.

Gill House WFH

On another desk/table, our Operations Supervisor, Lawrence kicked off Data Processing from the Bexleyheath branch by processing records, talking to staff and manually sealing 200 DP envelopes, so all was good in the world of data.


In a separate office (which was once my son Noah’s play room), I transformed myself into Mrs Gill, Noah’s new form teacher (for the time being, that is). Using my recent course on Time Management, I devised a plan of work, rest and play to keep Noah active and off of the PlayStation for the a.m. at least.

What I hadn’t planned for, was opening up ‘Double J’s’ cafe and keeping three boys fed and watered serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, not something that will be continuing during what I might add is ‘temporary period’.

Amongst all the chaos, I had my very first telephone 1-2-1 with our CEO, which went quite well considering a friend had decided to collect wipeable toilet tissue from me at that precise moment, pushing £3 into my hand while I was talking about price grids and TrustOnline!! All in all, it has been a good start to very interesting week.


Oh yes, forgot to mention, our Projects Manager, Gary gave birth to Registry Trust ‘Slack’ inviting staff to connect and share their news, jokes and not forgetting work talk of course. And big congrats went out to our amazing Q1 Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Award winners, Fiona, Haris and Ron, don’t worry your trophy is safe and sound and will be awarded to you in the near future!

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