SOAP BOX: When change is nothing like a holiday

THEY say a change is as good as a holiday.

Right now, less than a week into using a new computer system I think I would have to disagree with that sentiment.

I would be happy to exchange this change for a holiday, and I'd bet there are plenty of people sitting at computers around me who would share that thought.

Charles Kettering once said "the world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress".

Of course he was right, but that doesn't make the present moment any less painful.

The whole newsroom has migrated to a new computer system designed to change the way we work and make our jobs more efficient.

You can almost hear the cogs grinding at computers across the office as each of reporter painstakingly goes through the step-by-step process of how to do the same things we have always done but in a new way.

Productivity plummets and frustrations boil over. Stories are lost, never to be found again, and so to, I'm afraid, is a little piece of my sanity.

But something a little bit magical has been happening too.

Maybe it's the stress but a bit of craziness is emerging from people who are ordinarily (well, mostly) quite professional.

Instead of crying we laugh at each other, poke fun, invoke David Attenborough and adapt his evolutionary narrations to our present situation.

Instead of giving up we help each other with what little we can.

It's quite sweet really.



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