Are you forced to work from home due to covid-19?

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Are you forced to work from home?

  1. Yes, I love it!

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  2. Yes, I hate it!

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  3. No, unfortunately not.

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  4. No, luckily not.

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  1. Corrupt^

    Corrupt^ Ancient Guru

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    Worse here. Had a fever this weekend, general flu like symptoms, etc. I said it might be better for me to stay home. Nope. I'm the type of person that usually has to be half dead before I don't go to work, but this doesn't sit right with me tbh.
     
  2. fantaskarsef

    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

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    They are in one way. Because everybody needs them, office workers not so much. Same with waste management, suddenly every plumber and garbage guy is a hero, people just never realized. Sadly managers still get their exorbitant wages when staying at home, people out there risking their health for us (doctors and nurses as well) get paid little and still work.
    The sad part is, this doesn't even cause any backlash like in the medieval ages anymore.
     
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  3. 386SX

    386SX Master Guru

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    Another French revolution? Guillotine anyone? (Don't call it schnitzel!)
    :D
     
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    r3claim3r Ancient Guru

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    So far (knocking on wood), my work has contnued pretty much as normal other than paying special attention to cleanliness and proper sanitation.
     

  5. fantaskarsef

    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

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    I have mentioned a few times irl, we need a guillotine on the Heldenplatz (square in front of the Chancellor's office not too far from the parliament in Vienna) :D
     
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    Loobyluggs Ancient Guru

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    Delivery drivers more so.
     
  7. bettisfan

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    I have worked from home for the last year. No impact on me. My daughter works for the same company as I do and Tuesday of this week she has been working from home too. We shall be working 7 days a week for awhile to get through this as about 50% of the workers in other countries are unable to work from home so the workload just went way up. My other daughter is a senior in high school and I feel really bad for her as she will be missing a senior trip, senior prom, and quite possibly her graduation ceremony. It's going to be a rough couple months ahead I'm afraid.
     
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  8. Celcius

    Celcius Master Guru

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    Not only can I not work from home, but I've actually have taken to living at work, for three days at a time. Our active laboratory staff was cut from eight to four. (No one lost their job.) Volunteers were asked for. Since I live alone, unlike my co-workers who have families, it was clearly a task I felt I could shoulder. I have a long commute, so by the time I would drive back and forth, I'd hardly get any rest before I'd be needed back again. Our lab workload is totally asymmetrical; somebody has to be available whenever it's necessary.

    Two of us are working in relays, with some over-lap for records continuity and maintenance. After three days, the next two techs get their turn. We're probably fracturing every labor law in the state with regard to consecutive hours worked, but the wheels need to keep turning or the company will have to shut down. I mean, if every business were to shutter, this and any other nation would be in an economic death-spiral. We're not hourly, but salaried, but I'm perfectly fine about doing what is necessary.

    I work overnight and alone to begin with, so it doesn't feel too different that the building is near empty. My co-workers have relinquished for my exclusive use a small room that I wipe down each day, along with the rest of the lab, with disinfectant as a feel-good gesture. It has a sofa, and there is the emergency shower, (complete with a curtain), although the water is probably not even room temperature. This room also now has a cardboard sign on the door that reads,

    MORTAL DANGER
    LEVEL III HOT ZONE
    DO NOT ENTER

    courtesy of some fellow cretin. I've also heard, "You do realize we're burning that couch when this is over?" which was quite heart-warming. All of us lab rats have brought in our own keyboards and mice; it seemed like a good idea. If I choreograph my various tasks properly, I can slip out when something is open to get some food. And, having three days rest after three days on the job is nice.
     
  9. AsiJu

    AsiJu Ancient Guru

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    "We value our people (as long as they make us money)"
    -CEO of any company ever

    As for personal situation (not working in IT btw) I and other supervisors go to work normally as do workers, makes sense. Management and other salaried jobs work remotely, meaning nothing's changed in that regard, lols.

    However there's a corporate wide instruction to stay at home if there's any symptoms in you or family or even a reason to suspect sickness.
    We also have this "self notification sick leave" policy that's normally good for 3 days - after which you must either go to a doctor or return to work - that's been temporarily extended to 7 days.

    So all in all I can't complain.
     
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  10. Tat3

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    First remote week done and wrists start to hurt. Using split keyboard (MS Sculpt Ergo) at work and SteelSeries 7G at home. Split keyboard is not that good gaming if you need to use buttons which are for the other hand. Wondering if I should invest in this? Very expensive, but don't want multiple keyboards and mechanical would be nice... Any alternatives with nordic layout?

    Electric desk would be nice, but those are also quite expensive.

    Company policy updated today, so 10 work days with "self notification sick leave" here.
     

  11. rm082e

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    I've been working from home this week. I'm completely spoiled:
    • My wife has been a stay-at-home mom since before our first kid was born (11 years), and we home school, so no issues with child care.
    • We have a 5 bedroom house. They have a dedicated home-school room, and I have the smallest room as my office.
    • My work recently auctioned off some spare furniture. I got a large, high end, L-shaped electric standing desk for $100
    • I have a big monitor, nice keyboard, mouse, headset, Surface Laptop, etc.
    Doing meetings virtually is probably 90% as good as in person. It's a bit annoying when we're talking over each other, but we still get the goals accomplished. Doing it all in PJ's is pretty nice. I've had no issues with cabin fever yet. I think I can easily do this for a month or more if needed.

    My gym closed down, so I've been walking in the neighborhood and doing some basic weightlifting in the garage. I have a barbell, squat rack, pull-up bar, and dip station. I miss some of the toys at the gym, and it sucks when it's cold out, but boo-hoo.
     
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  12. MaCk0y

    MaCk0y Master Guru

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    Not yet mandatory but I am the only one out of approximately 90 people in the office who hasn't worked from home/remotely yet. Although today I was not in the office because I was on leave so wasn't working. :p
     
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    Caesar Maha Guru

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    Yes.... e-learning platform
     
  14. Lavcat

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    As of yesterday car dealerships here are closed, except for maintenance.
     
  15. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    Just proves that money is more important than the health and safety of employees.... Service and Parts Departments are what keep most new car dealerships open...
     

  16. Tat3

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    I think that those are somewhat essential (parts and service). People need a working car to be able to get food and medicine. Using public transport is not really recommended and using car with bad brakes is also a bad idea.
     
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    big ROBOT bill Ancient Guru

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    We are being sent home today for a month in New Zealand, I'm a picture framer, hard to do from home :)
    But it will be OK, it will be the longest holiday I have had in 39 years :)
     
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  18. sykozis

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    They announced today that starting midnight tuesday all movie theaters, bowling alleys, barber shops, salons and spas are ordered by the state to shutdown. Restaurants can continue to operate, but can only offer carry out or delivery. Non-retail businesses can continue to operate as usual. Retail businesses can continue to operate, but no more than 10 patrons allowed at any time.

    If the brakes on their cars are that bad, they were more than likely already told..... If there's a quarantine in effect, people should be limiting their travel anyway. However, knowing the people in my area, they're more likely to treat any quarantine as nothing more than a vacation.... That seems to be the case in Florida and California already with idiots partying at the beaches.

    There's little hope for stopping the spread of the coronavirus in the US. There's too many people that simply don't care about the health and well-being of others.
     
  19. Corrupt^

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    I've seen pictures of people wearing masks and everything on public transport. Yet another reason I'm happy to have my own car tbh, there's no way for people to have enough space in between in some cases. Honestly they should just enforce a max limit on people per bus/tram/train now and if someone's late for work, who cares, it should be a legit reason "bus was at max capacity".
     
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    Makes me wonder if there's gonna' be a baby boom in 9+ months time with this quarantine situation.
     

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