As the coronavirus spreads across the world, offices are shutting down, and millions of employees are now coming to terms with working from home. Thus far, working from home was a perk that used to reserved for a select few employees, and usually for short durations, but with companies now instructing their entire work forces to head home, many are experiencing the wfh life for the first time. And they’re taking to the internet to share their experiences.
Several people have shared how they’ve managed to hack work desks for themselves. This person put an upturned chair on a regular table to fashion a standing desk for herself.
— Laura Xu (@laura_rx86010) March 13, 2020
A much more interesting option was turning a bar cabinet into a makeshift desk.
— Emma Northcott (@EmNorthcott) March 13, 2020
Someone else opted for a unsophisticated but effective option of a stack of books.
The makeshift WFH standing desk of a humanities obsessive: pic.twitter.com/RiQ7XvXUk5
— Pedro (aka Peter) Luis Pérez-Zubizarreta (@wirechairs) March 13, 2020
And someone else has placed a stool on their regular desk.
Day 2 of mandatory WFH and I already miss my standing desk thiiiiis much.
Anyone else got some nice makeshift desks going on? pic.twitter.com/hkXqISlJ1a
— Puma (@pumsquad) March 13, 2020
People are also realizing that while the work from home life keeps one away from many of the distractions at work, including pesky colleagues and unnecessary meetings, there are still other distractions one must contend with. Some of the distractions are particularly cute.
The WFH struggle is real 🐱 pic.twitter.com/yArHGXwbqo
— Donny Wals @ 🏡 (@DonnyWals) March 16, 2020
“Sometimes difficult to concentrate with attention-seeking, needy colleagues …. who always expect you to bring the snacks,” wrote a Twitter user.
— Juanita Browne (@JuanitaBees) March 14, 2020
“My new work colleague keeps farting and demanding tummy rubs. Should I report to HR” wrote another.
— Megan King 🇪🇺 (@agnes_ahoy) March 16, 2020
And kids aren’t great for productivity either.
Day 4 of WFH with kids pic.twitter.com/bvotI06sFl
— Bear Market Ramp Capital (@RampCapitalLLC) March 16, 2020
Soon, memes and jokes began.
working from home for 1 day because you feel like it
working from home for weeks because you have to pic.twitter.com/gIpiMcPHHr
— salaryman (@bobby) March 10, 2020
wfh video calls be like pic.twitter.com/bHPUshyz46
— Arshad Wahid (@vettichennaiguy) March 16, 2020
Working from home pic.twitter.com/fi85PJhFze
— Irena Buzarewicz (@IrenaBuzarewicz) March 9, 2020
Some believe that working from home is increasing efficiency for workers worldwide, and others have said that the changes from this period might be irreversible — people will realize that they’re much better off working from home, and it will become a lot more commonplace in the coming years. But as the coronavirus epidemic spreads across the world, people are still coming to terms with operating out of their own houses, and, for the most part, are seeing the brighter side of the whole experience.