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It has been a few months now since many jobs made the transition to working from home, due to COVID-19 lockdown orders. Working at home may have sounded appealing to begin with but over time, it has become a reminder that the world is still upside down. Hopefully, this collection of memes will serve up some relatable laughs and help to make working from home a bit more bearable.
For many, working from home started about three months ago. When the threat of COVID-19 became undeniable, many employers found themselves in a position where they might have been choosing between worker safety and company productivity. Although if the last few months have proved anything, it is that working from home does not show a drastic decrease in worker productivity and it allows workers to remain safe while doing their job.
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With such a drastic increase in the amount of people working from home, it is no surprise that the amount of memes relating to the topic have exploded recently. While scouring Reddit for the perfect meme to encapsulate working from home is not only time consuming, but also difficult, here is a curated list of some of the best remote working memes that have sprung up recently.
Funny Work From Home Memes
In the past, whenever someone encountered a major life change, it was easy to feel like no one else was having that same struggle. Now, thanks to memes, it is much easier to find a community of people going through the same thing. This is especially true when that major life change is caused by a global pandemic and basically, everyone on the planet is going through some version of the same situation.
Some Jobs Better From Home Than Others
Not all jobs transition perfectly to working from home. While most office workers can adjust to a home environment with little effort, some jobs require a specific workplace. There are a whole series of memes like this one posted by Reddit user Lateralus11235813, but the idea of studying the habits of fish from a giant fish tank at home was especially funny.
The Days All Feel Longer
Humans rely on routine and when that routine is disrupted, measuring time can become more than a bit challenging. Sometimes writing one really good email can make a worker feel like they have had a really productive day. Unfortunately, writing that one email can feel like it did take the whole day, not just the seventeen minutes it actually took. This feeling is encapsulated perfectly in this meme by Yellow Octopus.
When There’s No IT Department
One of the biggest disadvantages to working from home is that workers are suddenly without the support system they have come to rely on in the office. While it is a little embarrassing to realize that rebooting the computer will fix that problem, it can feel pretty gratifying to have actually dealt with the technology issue without the help of someone from IT. Just like Tails in this meme by Reddit user AdventureMemes.
Ready For Your Next Zoom Call?
Now that all meetings have become Zoom calls, it has become much easier to roll out of bed and attend. With that said, some calls require workers to use video and show themselves. These meetings definitely take some prep time to make oneself look professional and this meme posted by the I Know. Right? Blog on Facebook sums it up pretty well.
When The Boss Catches On
Once workers realize that they can finish most of their work ahead of time, it makes stretching out the day more of a real chore. This becomes a problem whenever an employee ends up watching Netflix during an end-of-day call, instead of actually working. Most managers know this is hard for everyone, but they’d appreciate it if workers at least pretended to be paying attention. Just like William Lumbergh from Office Space in this meme posted by Facility Executive.
Working From Home Means You’re Always At Work
One unforeseen side effect of working from home is that there is no longer a separation between the office and the home. Before, there was a physical barrier that reminded workers not to check their email when they were home with their kids. However, whenever the home is where work is done, replying to that one email can become hours of unexpected work. This meme posted by Motonomics on Facebook neatly captures that feeling.
Working From Home Suits Some Better Than Others
While most of the world is still coping with the loss of general human contact, including hugging and shaking hands, many might feel like this is finally their moment to shine. As although most are looking forward to having face-to-face interactions with their co-workers again, this meme posted by Reddit user theMadOz depicts how some of us might struggle with having to actually deal with people again.
What Day Is It Again?
The biggest change to everyone’s life after working from home is the sense that days of the week have lost all meaning. A week feels like a month, and a month feels like a year. It is not uncommon to realize that a whole month has passed by in what felt like a few days, as implied by this meme posted by News 18.
In reality, none of what’s happened over the last few weeks and months has been easy for anyone and everyone is struggling to some degree right now. However, without co-worker banter, many will need to find their casual laughs elsewhere. In the new online world brought on by COVID-19, memes are one of the most obvious places to find them.
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About The Author
Terry Bartley is a writer and fan of most things. He has had an array of jobs, including tech support, Christian radio DJ, comic book store owner and community coach. Being a person under the age of 50 living and working in Appalachia, he has regularly served as the IT guy in just about every office he has worked. Terry is currently serves as a trending tech writer for ScreenRant and is working on his debut fantasy novel.
Even as companies have some employees returning to the office, nothing about our current circumstances is optimal. While people work from home all over the world, leaders need to understand that there is a tremendous opportunity to increase employee engagement and commitment right now. I share this, not as a theory or some Pollyanna plea to make lemonade from lemons. There is real evidence that leaders have a powerful impact on the attitudes and output of their employees, especially when they are working remotely.
Several years ago, I worked with an investment firm and measured the levels of engagement and work satisfaction of employees in the office versus those who worked from home. We all expected that employees who worked in close proximity to each other would record higher scores for everything from clear communication to teamwork and camaraderie. As it turned out, our results (published in this Harvard Business Review article) showed that team members who worked from home were actually more engaged and committed than their counterparts in the office. What’s more, they rated the same leaders higher – as stronger communicators, better strategically, and even more inspiring — than team members who were sitting in offices just down the hall from those leaders.
In another research study out of Stanford, Does Working from Home Work?, the authors found that working from home led to a 13% performance increase. Work-from-home employees also reported improved work satisfaction, and their attrition rate halved.
Of course, none of this research was conducted within the context of a Global Pandemic forcing people to work remotely, but in speaking with the employees who worked from home in my client survey, I gleaned several insights into what drove their higher levels of engagement and satisfaction, and why they thought more highly of their leaders. Their answers can help leaders today improve three critical behaviors that will move the needle on employee engagement while their workers are quarantined:
1. Be intentional and precise in your communication. Powerful communication doesn’t happen by chance. It requires preparation and thought, to ensure your message is coming through loud and clear. This is exponentially more important for leaders to practice when they’re speaking to employees who are working remotely. And most people, even seasoned executives, aren’t as good at communicating off the cuff as they believe.
I advise my clients to think about key messages in bite-size chunks. Begin with a clear headline topic and 2-4 key points, each of which can be expressed in a single sentence. (Just like an elementary school composition – topic sentence and supporting evidence.) If you are proposing a new course of action, consider the “what” and the “why” of that action, and be explicit. When delegating a task or asking a group to take on a project, define the work to be done in detail. Watch out for ambiguous language and trim the corporate speak. Make it easy for your listeners to discern what’s important. Consider writing down key ideas in order to refine your message, communicate efficiently, and increase the likelihood that you will be understood. Your employees will perform infinitely better when they don’t have to guess at what you’re asking for.
2. Take advantage of different mediums and technology for different messages. Instead of defaulting to email when communicating with employees working remotely, consider more effective alternatives. If you need to share a file, ask a quick question or answer one, email is fine. But in general, email is highly inefficient and ineffective. People often spend 45 minutes or more composing an email that takes 2-3 minutes to read. I’ve worked in offices where a group of people sitting within a stone’s throw of each other spend most of the day trading emails, when a quick conversation could have provided instant understanding.
Since walking down the hall to chat with an employee is out, the old-school phone is a decent substitute. It provides at least a 2-dimensional perspective, adding tone and color to your message or conversation, and it’s quick. And while videoconferencing isn’t quite 3D, we’ll call it 2.5D – it adds facial expressions, body language and the nuances of conversation. If you need to problem solve, discuss larger volumes of content or generate an idea, make the effort to jump on a phone call or videoconference. In my HBR article about leveraging the power of videoconferences, I emphasize the productivity gained in convening 20-minute, highly focused videoconferences. Employees will thank you for respecting their time and helping them work more efficiently.
Make an extra effort to connect on a personal level. At work, we often take time to chat about our lives outside the office, but when everyone is working remotely, it’s even more important to check in with colleagues on a personal level. You don’t have to make it a big production, but consider making a quick call or sending a text message to an employee to say, “I was thinking of you and wanted to see how you are.” Or, “I just thought of something funny and wanted to share it with you.” This happens naturally when you interact with people at the office, but it won’t happen at all right now unless you proactively try to connect at the metaphorical water cooler.
The virtual happy hour has gained some popularity in recent months (though I’d opt for a “happy half-hour”), and you can use it as more than just a perfunctory gathering. Be intentional about topics you can bring up to get your team talking about what’s happening in their lives and how they are handling the unique circumstances imposed by Covid-19. These moments provide a chance to talk about something other than work itself and strengthen your connection with team members, peers, and even your boss. It also allows you to be task-focused and direct in other moments when you only have two minutes to share something and can’t spare any time for pleasantries. For those of you thinking to yourself, “I don’t have time for this,” I’d suggest that you will if you become more focused and efficient with the rest of your time by using the approaches suggested in points 1 and 2.
Leaders who communicate effectively and efficiently, and who are compassionate and concerned about their employees’ well-being are going to get much better performance out of people working from home. Especially those who may be juggling childcare and school expectations, negotiating work-from-home schedules and spaces with a spouse, partner or roommates, or simply overwhelmed by the stress of today’s reality. If you want to retain your employees and motivate them to produce great work, first take a good look at how you are performing as you lead from home.
Unlike most people who are now telecommuting due to the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve been working from home for a long time.
As in two decades.
Between full-time jobs that allowed it (one of them way back in 2000) and freelancing while I raised two children, I’ve truly appreciated the benefits that come with the arrangement — the biggest one being able to wear sweatpants every day if I feel like it.
In all seriousness, my good fortune is not lost on me. Yet there are also challenges and considerations that workers — and their employers — who are new to the realm of remote work may want to think about, based on my many years of working from home.
Nearly 70% of employees are still working remotely all or part of the time, according to a recent Gallup poll.
If you’re among them, you’ve probably already heard about the value in situating your work space away from distractions as much as possible and being sure to take breaks. I’d say those things are true. And it will be interesting to see how companies deal with issues like injuries sustained while working remotely (in relation to workers’ compensation) and generally how best to monitor employees’ work habits and behaviors while they are on the clock.
Here are some other aspects of telecommuting that my experience tells me are key to know as remote work becomes a more standard part of life for a chunk of the workforce.
The money factor
Sure, you don’t have to commute by car or public transportation to work, or pay for parking or, perhaps, maintain a professional wardrobe. And maybe you’re spending less on lunches, coffee or snacks.
At the same time, though, you could see other expenses rise. Standard utility bills — heating, cooling, water — may go up, as could groceries, Internet access and office supplies (i.e., printer ink, pens, paper, etc., depending on your job).
If your company doesn’t do that, and you’re a full-time employee, you won’t get a federal tax deduction these days for those extra costs. Thanks to tax-law changes in effect from 2018 through 2025, you can’t deduct those unreimbursed work-related expenses on your federal tax return. A handful of states, however, allows those deductions for qualifying taxpayers.
Power and/or Internet connections do occasionally go out. Where I live, one or the other probably happens every few months or so. Sometimes the outage has lasted a few minutes; other times it’s been hours.
Depending on your situation and how heavily you rely on connectivity to do your job, it’s probably wise to have a backup plan.
For example, I pay extra through my phone plan for the ability to set up a secure personal WiFi hotspot on my iPhone. And, if that method were to fail — or if the power were to go out for extended time — I could go find electricity or WiFi elsewhere.
From there, I could log into CNBC’s system, via the company’s virtual private network, or VPN. That basically encrypts any data you send over the Internet, including through public WiFi. Otherwise, hackers potentially could access everything you do online.
The bottom line is that technology is great when it works and a major stress-inducer when it does not — especially when you don’t have an IT department right down the hall as you might at the office.
Your mental health
It took the stress of weeks in a pandemic to push me over the edge.
I found I needed some time off immediately to recharge and my editors were great about granting it.
So be sure to do all the things you know intellectually are good for you — eating healthily, exercising (or otherwise engaging in physical activity regularly), taking time to relax, setting aside non-electronics-time and getting outside for fresh air or sunshine. Even when you don’t think you need to.
You may be hunched over a laptop as you read this. Long term, that could take a toll.
Although I think my work space is now ergonomically correct — based on the research I’ve done and the fact I’m not in any weird pain — it wasn’t always that way.
Before I worked for CNBC, when I was not spending 40 hours a week largely in front of a computer, I’d routinely sit on the floor, back curved in an arc as I leaned my neck toward my laptop, to do my freelancing. Or I’d recline on the couch.
Other times, I would at least sit at a table, but I was hunched over my laptop, straining my neck and causing daily pain. Once I made adjustments to where I worked and how my work space was set up, a sore neck became a thing of the past.
I’m no ergonomics expert so I won’t try to give specific advice. But the risk of pain at best — and injury at worst — is real. So make sure your entire setup — the chair you sit in, the level of your computer screen, where your mouse is situated, etc. — is ergonomically correct to avoid both.
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Here are a few recipes below:
BBQ Horseradish Dip Ingredients: ● ½ cup mayonnaise ● 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce ● 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish ● Southern Recipe Small Batch pork rinds Directions: 1. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve with your favorite pork rinds.
Slow Cooked BBQ Pork Ingredients: ● 1 (2 1/2 pound) boneless pork loin roast ● 18 oz BBQ sauce ● Southern Recipe Small Batch pork rinds Directions 1. Place pork in a slow cooker and add enough water to cover the bottom of the slow cooker. 2. Cook on Low for 7 hours. Transfer pork to a bowl and shred with 2 forks. Return pork to slow cooker and stir in barbeque sauce. Continue to cook on Low for 45 minutes to 1 hour. 3. Spoon a generous amount of pork into each roll and top with crushed Southern Recipe Small Patch pork rinds for an added crunch!
BBQ Pork Mac and Cheese Ingredients: ● 16 ounces penne noodles ● 4 tablespoons butter ● 2 teaspoon paprika ● 1/2 teaspoon black pepper ● 1 cup evaporated milk ● 16 ounces sharp cheddar and/or monterey jack, shredded and divided ● 8 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated ● 2 cups leftover BBQ meat (pulled or shredded pork, chicken, or beef combined with BBQ sauce) ● Southern Recipe Pork Rinds, crushed for topping Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13″ baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. 2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the penne pasta according to package directions and drain. Pour the cooked pasta back into the pot and add in the evaporated milk, about 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) of the shredded cheddar and/or monterey jack cheese, and the parmesan cheese, and stir to combine. 3. Pour the mac & cheese into the baking dish and top with leftover BBQ meat. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar and/or monterey jack cheese and crushed pork rinds. Bake for 20-25 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted. Serve with extra BBQ sauce, if desired.
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This could translate to about 80,000 of the company’s employees working from home.
Infosys may just become the latest company to build in work from home as a long-term plan to have its employees work from home, rather than as a short-term measure due to the pandemic.
In an interview with Business Today, the IT major’s Head of HR and Executive Vice President Richard Lobo said that over time they expect about 50% of employees to work from home when things start returning to normal, and as things stabilise and a new normal is established, 66% of employees will be at office and the remaining at home. The report states that Infosys currently has 2.42 lakh employees, which means about 80,000 employees will effectively be working from home.
“A large proportion of our people will continue to work from home or work remotely. Though, it will not always be the same set of people. I don’t see any shift in that because people have now become used to it across the world,” he said.
The company currently does not have any timeline on the same.
As of now, 5% of Infosys’ workforce goes to office, while the rest are working from home.
Earlier, Infosys CEO Salil Parekh had said that the company was able to move to a remote working model extremely fast and is now looking at how some of these aspects can be part of the company’s medium and long term vision.
However, it will have to be more careful about the security aspect with no lapse there, he had earlier said.
This would be the second IT major to build working from home into their practices. Earlier, Tata Consultancy Services COO NG Subramaniam had said that 75% of their employees would be working from home by 2025, and that they do not need more than 25% of their employees at their facilities to be fully productive.
During the company’s annual general meeting, Chairman N Chandrasekaran called this a “guesstimate”, and said that when they say 25% by 2025, it was not a target, but the direction they are heading in.
“We anticipate and predict that the world will move in this direction, and we want to be prepared for it. It is not (may not be) the same 25% of employees as well. It’s just a guesstimate, and could be 40-70%,” he said.
Transitioning from a cubicle to a couch sounds like a dream come true, until you’re in the middle of a pandemic, have no drive or ability to focus, and can’t stop snacking. But such is the reality for many Americans, thanks to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.
Here’s the thing, though: remote work actually works if you are using your time wisely. Surveys have found that remote workers logged more hours of core work per year and saved anywhere from 2 to 5.5 hours a day without long commutes and time-consuming meetings.
So, how do you actually ensure your work hours are time well spent? You’ve got to be willing to adapt.
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The city of Hida in Gifu Prefecture, central Japan, has put a call out for people through the website — named Furusato Kengyo — to help rice farms expand sales of locally produced premium rice.
Furusato Kengyo, which roughly translates as “side jobs for hometowns,” recruits company employees and students with spare time to take on online side jobs in an effort to spur businesses in remote areas.
Three people joined a project to boost sales of what Hida officials call “the world’s best rice” last year. One of them is a salesman at an automobile company in neighboring Aichi Prefecture who has brought fresh ideas about marketing, sales channels and branding strategies.
“Not many of us possess a lot of knowledge on things like sales expansion, so it was good to have someone with a marketing background,” says Hida city official Shoko Ueda.
The Koshihikari brand of rice, grown in Gifu’s northernmost city, has won awards in several categories of a domestically hosted international rice competition over the years. But it has yet to reach many consumers in other parts of Japan — or the wider world.
“We wanted to make our rice known in and outside the country, but didn’t have the know-how,” Ueda, 31, says.
With a population of just over 23,000, Hida, like other towns and villages in rural Japan, has longstanding problems with a lack of workers and successors for its rice farms. And because farmers are mostly focused on day-to-day operations, they cannot afford to devote much time to thinking about new sales strategies.
About 40 percent of Hida’s population is aged 65 or over, while the average age of farmers is around 50, according to the city government.
The city hopes that raising the profile of its premium rice brand will boost the profitability of its rice farms and bring young people, whether from Hida or elsewhere, to work for them.
“We will first make the rice well known in Japan and then in the world,” Ueda says.
Most of the jobs featured on the website, some of which are unpaid, relate to primary industries or small to midsize companies, such as local building contractors and traditional craft makers.
And, as in Hida, many are aimed at promoting local products to a wider audience and conducting effective communications on social media.
Locations vary from Kyushu in southwestern Japan to the northern main island of Hokkaido, but much work can be undertaken online with site visits only occasionally needed. Travel expenses are often covered by employers.
“Local enterprises are eager to incorporate fresh ideas from skillful workers and boost manpower — even if it is for the short term,” says Shuji Minamida, head of a Gifu-based nonprofit organization that runs the website, referring to the outflow of young people from rural to urban areas.
While the populations of Tokyo and its surrounding areas continue to grow, 40 of the country’s 47 prefectures suffered a fall in their populations last year, as of October, according to government data.
According to Minamida, Furusato Kengyo has solicited help for as many as 120 projects since its inception in September 2018 and a total of around 800 people have applied for work, mostly from urban areas such as Tokyo and Osaka.
In what may signal that the side job model has a future, the number of applicants doubled in from March to April as the pandemic forced many people to stay at home and telework.
Minamida, 31, says many local small and midsize businesses have been hit hard by the coronavirus, but that he hopes the increase in applicants will be a “tailwind” for local businesses to bounce back.