Are you working from home this week? (poll)

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With the current global health crisis, working from home hasn't become so much a choice as a necessity for more people than ever. The Windows Central crew has been working from home for ages, but there are bound to be some growing pains for anyone who finds themselves homebound for the foreseeable future.

So we were wondering: Are you working from home? And if you are, are you staying productive or succumbing to Twitter, cat memes, and Netflix binges?

As someone who has been doing this since 2014, it's been interesting to watch social media as people transition to remote work. Sticking to routines and managing distractions are things I now take for granted (though I still struggle with the latter), but it's been fascinating to see how others adapt.

Beyond that, and at the risk of sounding preachy, let's not forget about all of the first responders, doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, and other essential staff that don't have the liberty of taking their work home during this crisis — they might need an extra "thank you" right now. While the transition to home work might be tough for some, it's a privilege that we can do it at all, particularly as a staggering number of people are simply out of work.

Let us know how you've managed to stay sane and productive while stuck inside. For me, staying sane has involved a lot of DOOM Eternal outside of work hours. Oh, and If you are among the newly minted home workers and you're hitting some roadblocks, we've put together a ton of articles on tips to help you out and equipment you may want to pick up to make things run as smooth as possible.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • I've always worked from home as a freelancer, so nothing has changed for me, except the zombie apocalypse happening outside. I figure a lot of people will probably end up demanding that they telework more often after experiencing it for a few months...I personally could not go back to working in a regular office. I do, however, switch it up by going to coffee shops, different locations, etc. from time to time.
  • Same here. Whenever I start to feel cabin feverSetting in, going out to a shop or just sitting outside gives me a burst of energy.
  • I normally work from home one to two days a week, plus plenty of hours on days when I just pop into the "office" (actually a college campus) for a couple hours. No problem. This? This is another level. I am absolutely going stir crazy. Last week (spring break) was fine - I was very productive. Now? I am certain I am losing the ability to perceive time. Somehow my wife is doing fine working from home (and it's nice to be home with her) but I cannot wait for this to be over.
  • I feel you. I usually get out at least once a day and that keeps my sanity in check. Now, though, I can't really do my coffee run, so I'm cooped up inside for way longer than usual. Cabin fever is real.
  • My team is at work everyday. "Essential personnel."
  • You should split in two pools. One for those with kids at home, another to those without them.
  • I'm a permanent employee who's home based, been doing this since I move to the US, just short of 3 years ago, wouldn't go back. It took a few weeks to really get to grips with self motivation, but these days, it's second nature. I've got 2 kids at home, so it's a bit noisy compared to before, but noise cancelling headphones solve that and at least I've got someone to talk to now, the quiet and lack of communication is the hard part for me, the UPS guy was the only person I'd see during the working week, normally.
  • Already working from home 😊
  • I wish I could but I'm essential. I'm at work more than ever now because of the Chinese virus. I haven't had a weekend since this all started.
  • not working from home.... but at the same time, about 98% of my coworkers are out of work, meaning there is roughly 2-6 people in office? I have the whole floor to myself right now
  • Two problems have become apparent with this massive shift to telework. Well, actually, three. Government and many businesses are discovering they simply don't have the infrastructure (much less processes and policies) in place for a large portion of their work force to telework. Governments, worst of all. They rely exclusively on their horribly underpowered and under-scaled VPN support and weak network infrastructure, all the while limiting almost all access to key web-based systems TO those weak VPN pipelines. Second, government and some businesses (again, largely government) are now realizing they probably didn't have a great handle on identifying job objectives in a way that can translate to productive time regardless of where the employee is actually working, much having an understanding of what hardware, software and security concerns need to have been addressed in order TO telework. Finally, they are slowly discovering (after they've mitigate the first two issues I've described) that, gee, a pretty decent portion of the workforce CAN actually productively telework, and that can bring some surprising advantages and efficiencies to an operation/mission if done right. Not as many of your folks really need to have "face-to-face time with customers, etc"...which is probably most oft-given excuse for having a zero-teleworking operation. However, if leaders/managers honestly examined where most of the traffic and engagement happens they'd see it's mostly virtual. Even when everything happens within the organization/business. But they make policies that absolutely constrict or ban any common-sense application of tools and technology to all things to function without actually being present. My hope is that governments and businesses, if they learn nothing else from this debacle, finally understand they can and should work smarter. The benefits to both employee and employer outweigh any antiquated notions that "my people need to be here every minute of every day".
  • I've tried to get my employer to try working from home, but he couldn't keep his thumb on us that way. We used this opportunity to show him it's better for him. My favorite part is if I'm not feeling the creativity, I can go for a walk, or go do some laundry and come back to it in 30 minutes. Or even better, if there is something on my mind, I can just take care of it so I can focus on work. I make sure to get my eight hours, but it doesn't have to be in one long slog anymore. When my knees start hurting from sitting too long, I can stop and do some yoga to loosen up. Before I felt I had to just grin and bear it so I didn't anger my boss. I'm far more productive than I've ever been. And the best part, my boss gets more done, because he doesn't have to monitor our every move all day anymore.
  • I used to mostly work from home until Covid-19, now I'm not getting much work.
  • My country has no such thing as working at home. Help me... I just want to stay at home and relax like others
  • I have been working from home for almost 15 years now. We have a very nice office, but there are generally WAY too many conversations going on in Cube Land. I get much more done at home. It's quiet, relaxed and as others have mentioned, its much easier to take a walk/fix lunch/walk the dogs/whatever when I need a break. Also not wasting 1 hour on the road each day. Not to mention that I have my OWN tablets/phone/laptop on my OWN network here, not on the VPN to the office. So I can safely do things like this. 😎