The UK people I work most closely with are off this week.
The US people I work most closely with are mostly all off this week.
So nobody is coming to me with niggling problems to sort out. Nobody is there to test stuff that I have already done for them.
So I just sent my manager a message, asking if he had anything I could do for anybody at all, any technical requests needing action whatsoever. His response was 'Let me see...it's a bit quiet'. That's his way of saying 'not a thing, I'm afraid'.
In further exploration, we've found a checklist I can work through to update as it is substantially out of date. He said I could do that 'if you're sufficinetly motivated', which I think means 'if you're sufficiently bored'.
He asked me if I was intending to come in to the office this week or just stay at home, both agreed we would just take each day as it comes and if the weather was OK then we'd go in and maybe see one another for my annual review, but if not, not.
It's just odd. Normally this is a frantic time as I have people hassling for me with stuff that MUST be done before the end of the year (the MUST aspect being so that they can say they completed objective X in the calendar year, and hope that is reflected in their bonus
). This is the first time in many years I've actually wound down at the end of the year - but it seems everyone else has too, so those of us who aren't on hols are all "working from home" sneakily reading a book (or a forum, or watching telly, or whatever!)