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    Nope, still gotta go in, but manning is reduced and shuffled around to minimize exposure.
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    Administration reconsidered and I'm now home for at least 2 weeks. We are still monitoring email from home, but that's it.
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    Well, I'm not working from home, but I am home.

    I worked two jobs, one at a grocery store (which is one day a week) and one at a movie theater (which is now closed). So I'm working one day a week now-and because of that, I can't file for unemployment.

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    Pretty much everyone in the company where I work who could be moved to home office was. Myself included. Everyone else had a few extra rules and precautions adopted to try and minimize contagion risk.

    I probably will still have to physically be at the office once a week, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farothel View Post
    Even the ones that have a policy in place (like where I work) are going to have a lot of trouble. If on a normal day about 20% of your workforce works from home and now it's close to 80%, your VPN has to be quite sturdy (or augmented in the past weeks) to be able to handle that kind of load. I heard today that our IT department was swamped with calls from people who never work from home, now had to and had problems (like not having the right software, having connection problems, etc.). It will take probably a couple of days before that sorts itself out.
    I used to do IT support, and VPN troubleshooting was one of my special nightmares. You have to try to help a technical luddite solve a problem with about a million possible causes, including "the network is feeling grumpy today" or "you picked the wrong hotel to stay at". And even if the problem is because the Internet infrastructure in the area they were in was last updated in the 1980s, it's still YOUR fault they can't finish their work.

    I do not miss that part of the job one bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodin View Post
    I used to do IT support, and VPN troubleshooting was one of my special nightmares. You have to try to help a technical luddite solve a problem with about a million possible causes, including "the network is feeling grumpy today" or "you picked the wrong hotel to stay at". And even if the problem is because the Internet infrastructure in the area they were in was last updated in the 1980s, it's still YOUR fault they can't finish their work.

    I do not miss that part of the job one bit.
    I can totally agree. I've never worked IT support, but as programmer I do get in contact with people who don't understand what we deliver them (like one who couldn't see all her rows in an excel I delivered because she had filters on and couldn't see it, but I digress). For me today it wasn't a question of the network and VPN not working, but of it being swamped. It's not really a lot of fun trying to read in 50MB datasets over a connection that goes just above the speed of 90s dial up. You can only drink so much coffee while waiting.
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    So already late Monday it became apparent that this work-from-home was not going to work out. It is not easy coordinating things over e-mail when no one apparently bothers to check it. So I suggest a small meeting this Tuesday morning with my head-of-department just to answer the question: What the hell am I supposed to be doing anyway? I don't want to meet back in two weeks and find out that I was SUPPOSED to be working on something else or that someone else also did that work. Could I have some very basic management, please?

    We don't have a lot of meetings where I work and It quickly became apparent why. We are not very good at meetings. In fact, we are epic bad at meetings. All I wanted was to make a simple To-Do list and then distribute the tasks so I have a few things to chew on when working from home.

    This other co-worker shows up with the same question, fair enough. He is wearing a face mask and does NOT want to be there. His wife calls him every five minutes. I start on the list of task that I have prepared in advance and hope that we can distribute them among us and maybe add a few more points that I may have missed. Very naive. My boss, the most disorganized person in the world starts meandering all over the place and goes into the minutest detail. The list is not progressing. I can't get a word in, he has this habit of talking nonstop and if anyone else says something he starts talking on top of them. Then random, uninvited people starts joining the meeting and starts talking about their own thing, including non-work related things. Then Big Boss gets a whiff of the meeting and crashes it with a ton of questions. He seizes the opportunity to get a full status update in detail which we where not prepared for. Every time his phone rings he turns away and talks for some random time. He then starts evaluating the software. The fact that it is not finished is lost on him and he is pissed because the menus are not to his liking.

    The whole thing takes five (5) hours and no decisions are taken, everybody is more confused than when we start. Not least me. The only thing I am reasonably sure I got tasked with was part of the user interface, but there was at least four different opinions on how it should look. No one but me took any notes, the rest will have forgotten all by tomorrow. I estimate about 20 man-hours was lost.

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    How does working at home even fit in to that? I mean dont you normally get tasks that take more than a few hours to complete?

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    I am a software engineer and working home is working well for my company; We use https://zoom.us/ for teleconferencing and it allows us to coordinate far more effectively than email does. Since we share a bitbucket with teams in Bangalore and Kharkiv, we already had a number of features to make remote work easier. It wasn't that hard to make the US team remote as well.

    I dress business casual and work in my home office. While it is also a leisure environment the two never occur at the same time. I find it keeps a level of professionalism when dealing with my colleagues.

    I understand why Amazon suspended shipping nonessential items, but I kinda wish I'd been able to order a cosplay sandpeople costume I could wear to the telecon . That or Darth Vader or Muad'dib. It's amazing how many people in SF wear masks.

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    The virus is not yet confirmed in the wild hereabouts, but we all assume it's only a matter of time. So, pretty much every employer in the city is holding "trial days" when they tell everyone to work from home for a day, to see what happens.

    When it's one of the bigger employers, it's amazing to see the difference it makes to traffic. It's almost like a holiday out there.

    My current employer's chosen day is next Tuesday.
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    I am working from home now. Everybody predicts a huge drop in efficiency... Some jobs just can't be done online as well as in person...

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    I will be either Thursday or Friday. They are passing out the laptops today. My work email has a number at the end of it, and this confuses folks as it does not follow the normal naming convention. This likely caused a delay in my being issued a laptop.
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    I already teleworked 2 days out of 4 (I work 4 10s), so just moved to full time telework. Not a big impact for me.
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    Well... This morning I was informed that even home office hours were suspended, since a lot of it depends on activities that require the physical presence of employees who were told to stay hold for the next two weeks (at least).

    The bigwigs said the company currently has no plans to dock anyone's payment... Which is good. Although I'm not sure if that'll last if the quarantine goes for longer than expected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdizzlean View Post
    even if the world was on fire, i'd still have to go to work. the upside is no cabin fever :)
    Me too! Like my boss said "When the city is burning down and Ragnarök hits us, we'll still be working"

    In fact it's lot more work to do nowdays with people from my job put in quarantine
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    I was just given an official stamped form that permits me to go out in case of total quarantine curfew. That... kind of hit hard.
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    Last week started with my boss (one of two managing directors) not coming in to work because he wasn't well and was worried he had the Coronavirus. This started a few of us asking what plans the company has for the near future in regards our health and potential closure of our biggest customer.
    We're in Australia, small company, nearly all the office staff can do their job from home. By the end of the week they came back with a plan - a roster. Starting next week we alternate between working at home and on-site. Half of us will work from home Monday & Wednesday, the other half are home Tuesday & Thursday. On Friday its mixed, some of the home M/W come to work and some of the home T/Th come in - so what's the point of alternating days in the first place! I'm meant to work two days home, which will be interesting because most of my job requires co-ordination with the people in the warehouse picking and packing orders, or using hardware that has to stay at work. All of the staff find this rather amusing (in that we laugh or we cry - the managers aren't known for good business decisions) and we think this will all fall apart pretty quickly. There's been no meeting to discuss the change, and no guidelines or procedures for how its all going to work, or how we communicate, etc. We should have the office staff who can work from home staying home all week! I expect at this stage to spend my home days with 3-4 hours invoicing in the morning (and emailing those to someone in the warehouse) and then painting figures or writing RPG stuff all afternoon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarmor View Post
    We're in Australia, small company, nearly all the office staff can do their job from home. By the end of the week they came back with a plan - a roster. Starting next week we alternate between working at home and on-site. Half of us will work from home Monday & Wednesday, the other half are home Tuesday & Thursday. On Friday its mixed, some of the home M/W come to work and some of the home T/Th come in - so what's the point of alternating days in the first place!
    Ugh, ya, if they're going to shard, they need to commit -- no physical contact between the two halves at all. And two set of people cleaning in between.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sermil View Post
    Ugh, ya, if they're going to shard, they need to commit -- no physical contact between the two halves at all. And two set of people cleaning in between.
    Exactly. My two bosses do stuff like this all the time - come up with an idea and put it into practice without really thinking about what they are doing. My boss has organized our usual cleaners to come in every weekend, rather than fortnightly. This means the rubbish bins get emptied and the floor gets mopped more often, which of course isn't particularly helpful in this situation! I do have plenty of leave, and already have a week off before Easter arranged. Hopefully I could take a bit more, but that means warehouse staff have to cover my job, and they won't get a break.

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    I’m theoretically working from home, but it’s more like “working” from home because anyone who’s not in an absolutely crucial role has been instructed to stay offline to avoid crashing the VPN.

    We’ve been expanding WFH for the last year, but we don’t have the network capacity to have 100% of the workforce doing it.

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    "Take your PC home," they said. "Connect through VPN," they said. "We'll get through this," they said. "No overtime," they said.
    I've spent more hours with the rig at my dining room table this week than I'm allowed to bill because not a single contract was put on hold and only one deadline moved by less than two days and none of my company's infrastructure was built to handle this. Remarkably, it is working, albeit very slowly at times. If they manage to free up licensing for the software I use it could smooth out on my end, but in the meantime it feels like I'm using a machine from 20 years ago.

    I could really do without the constant checkins, though. Like, you never look over my shoulder this much at the office, so...back off some?

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    Well, my country is now closed, so I'm working from home. But only until Easter, because my contract runs out then, and something tells me it won't be the perfect time to find a new job quickly.

    It's liberating. Two days in, we've got a new routine going. In the morning, before breakfast, I take the kids for a walk around the 'hood - about 20 minutes. Then home, wash hands, breakfast, wash more hands. Then settle the kids to whatever educational activities we can find for them, and get down to work. Check on them every hour, mostly to settle arguments about volume control and force-feed them fruit.

    Work-wise, I've actually gotten quite a lot done. Even allowing for the extra time fighting with dodgy connections and infrastructure, I think I'm being about as productive as I normally am - because at home, if I want to take a walk or spend five minutes on my phone or read up on the Napoleonic Wars, I don't have to waste time covering for it by getting coffee, talking to colleagues or going to the toilet. And at the end of the day, I don't have to pick the kids up from school. Awesome.

    Today for my lunch break I went to the supermarket, and beheld a line of people religiously standing 2 metres apart, queuing to get in. Inside were not many people (the bouncers are operating a one-out, one-in policy to prevent crowding) but plenty of food, assuming you don't want pasta. And reasonable amounts of toilet paper, so nyah to those idiots.

    Tomorrow the lockdown proper begins, and if it weren't for the "impending unemployment" thing I'd be quite happy about it. My business is "essential", but my personal role isn't - and since I can do it from home anyway, that doesn't seem like a big difference right now. Here's hoping it's not too long.
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    One thing I hadn't appreciated about working from home when the whole family is home is, just how incredibly time-consuming it is.

    In theory I should be saving almost two hours a day by not having to go out and travel to school and work and shops. But in practice, that time is more than eaten up by the kids' demands for help with their work, snacks, and whatever else they can think of to throw at me. I have less free time than ever before.

    Gotta go now, someone needs to get focused on their maths.
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    Originally Posted by veti
    …beheld a line of people religiously standing 2 metres apart, queuing to get in.
    Whatever country you’re in, I’m impressed. That…doesn’t happen where I am.

    Originally Posted by veti
    And reasonable amounts of toilet paper, so nyah to those idiots.
    I spent yesterday morning driving between six grocery stores, Wal-Mart and a big-box membership club, and not a single roll to be found. Shortages are real where I am.

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    it's now going onto our fourth week of working from home and I'm still not used to it. There are several issues, although I must say that the VPN slowness issue is mostly solved. We get occasional slow issues, but not as much and not as many as I used to have.

    It's more a question of liking to talk to colleagues face to face when you ask a question and that's difficult (even with cameras, it's not really the same), the construction works in the appartment next to mine still ongoing (it's basically one guy working alone, so he can continue and it's about the only big job he still has construction material for), the fact that I'm eating way to many cookies while sitting at my desk and the fact that this set-up is not really all that ergonomic (but there's almost no other way to put things) and my neck starts to hurt.

    As to the supermarkets, there are some waiting lines at times here, but I've never had the issue. That's one of the advantages of working from home, I know when the slow hours are at the local supermarket and I try to go then. We also have (almost) no issues of stuff not being available, at least not anymore. Sometimes a particular brand can be out, but that you can have at any time. People have settled in and those who bought a five year supply of toilet paper don't need (or have the place for) any more, so I'll get mine now.

    According to supermarkets here, people still buy more, but that's because they can't go to a restaurant anymore, so they have to cook for themselves. It's the same for me, I normally eat warm lunch in the cafetaria at work, as I live alone and it's easier and cheaper to eat there, but that's not possible now. Well, at least all those cookbooks can serve a purpose now.
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