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Repatriating the work laptop

Today is the day a courier company drops by my place — “between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.” — to pick up the work equipment I’ve been using while working from home, which I’d been doing since the end of the first week of March.

In my case, there’s not much to pick up: It’s a 13″ MacBook Pro, its power adapter, and a black nylon laptop bag. I’ve wiped it clean on both the inside and outside, and you can see from the “?” folder and dazzling reflections of the screen. The courier company’s going to give me a call shortly before they arrive, just so I can leave it at the front door in order to keep the person-to-person contact to a minimum. It’s oddly like one of those hand-offs of top secret documents in a spy movie.

If you’re in a similar situation — laid off due to the COVID-19 downturn, but still in possession of company gear — how is your former employer getting their stuff back?