The New Normal: TXCPA-SA Member Josh Wagner, CPA

The New Normal: TXCPA-SA Member Josh Wagner, CPA

Josh Wagner, CPA, with a WFH* co-worker

Your TXCPA-SA Chapter is reaching out to your colleagues – CPAs, CPA candidates, student members and affiliates – to learn how you all are coping with the new normal brought on by COVID-19.

TXCPA-SA member Josh Wagner, CPA, Senior Internal Auditor with RBFCU, offered the following information about his new normal.

Are you currently working from home, in your office solo or in the normal pre-COVID-19 arrangement? Working from home

How many people did you work with normally? My department has 17 auditors, including myself

What was a typical day like before “Stay Home, Work Safe”? Wake up around 6:30 am or earlier, drop my son off at his NISD Pre-K before 7:30 am, working on various projects and with various business units from 8:30 am until I leave at 5:30 pm.  From there it’s on to picking up my son and getting home for dinner around 6:30 pm.  Aim to get my daughter and son in bed around 8:30 pm.  Then it’s time for me to work out, watch any Sports documentary I’ve found, and get ready for the next day.

What is your typical day like now? Wake up around 7:30 am, have breakfast with the family downstairs, login for morning video chat huddle with team members. My wife is an English teacher and is hosting office hours online, grading, or recording video assignments throughout the day. In addition we have our 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter that we’re trying to keep up with their learning development needs. Work until noon, then break for lunch and take over with both kids for a couple hours. Usually go for a walk or pull up a kids’ yoga video to encourage physical activity. Work until 4:00 or 5:00 pm, break for dinner around 5:30, take over with the kids through bath and bedtime, still aiming for 8:30 pm bedtime for the kids. Of course, still trying to exercise myself and keep up with work, so sometimes I’m up later than I used to be, and so is my wife, so she can record her videos without interruption.

Kindergarten Zoom meetings are a thing

Can you share a small or big success story or silver lining that you didn’t expect? Working with the family to set up a schedule board each week to keep track of various meetings and ensure both kids are active throughout the day. It has my required meetings, my wife’s office hours, and any “appointments” the kids have scheduled.

Has there been a small or big not-so-successful happening? Some days the kids’ “activities” are more video based instead of being creative.

Any words of wisdom for your fellow accounting types?  While it’s important to “get things done” let’s not forget that it’s also important to be kind to one another. So give blood, make masks, or volunteer to pick up groceries for a neighbor that is at higher risk. It’s the little things we do in times of trouble that sometimes matter most.

What do you miss the most? My monthly organized 5K races. I was supposed to participate in my second Spartan race right when this all started. Although, the first thing that was impacted was when our on-campus gym was closed, and I couldn’t work out over my lunch break.

What are you most grateful for now? That my family is in good health, we can still organize driving visits to Grandparent’s houses, and thanks to technology are able to do quite a bit of what we did before.

Grandparents are going to be the new essential workers when social distancing limits are lifted. Get ready, Grandma and Pop Pop!

*Work From Home