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Our experience working from home: does it get better or worse?

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With all the life adjustments that the emergence of the sweeping Coronavirus has made us make, the reality of working from home is something we have to embrace for some time. However, there are employees of companies who were used to working remotely even before this epidemic. 

Some examples include :- Appen- global AI and Machine learning solutions company which was voted the best in Forbes’ list of Companies that work remotely and Cisco the multinational technology conglomerate. 

In Kenya, companies have had to adapt to allowing their employees work from home in response to the veracity that the Coronavirus poses. Here are experiences of various professionals who have started working remotely to avoid exposure to the global pandemic.

Anthony Macharia, Acquisition, Talent & Capability - Safaricom PLC.

It’s on a Tuesday morning at 9am. I’m from asking my neighbor’s kids not to play outside my living room window for the next 1 hour. No one in the house should come to the living room. I connect to a weekly team meeting through Microsoft Teams. Normally I would be physically in a meeting room at the office with the team for the meeting. But the current circumstances dictate we work from Home. 

I can tell half of the team have just woken up in time for the virtual meeting. The call for social-distancing and physical interaction has necessitated this move. It’s all part of the Business Continuity Process (BCP) which has been activated by the Coronavirus outbreak. Working from home brings about different experiences. In the middle of our meeting, one of my colleague’s kids enters the room demanding attention from the mom. We all laugh. 

Most of the time we meet at work and relate as colleagues, but this is also an opportunity to get a glimpse of your colleagues’ other life. After another 10 minutes, we can hear a cock crowing. The guy is already in ‘shags’, just to be safe. The meeting ends with a call for taking caution and accountability. Working from home reminds us that work is a space and not necessarily a place.

Vinny, Content Specialist, Transsion.

Working from home is a very nice experience owing to the simple fact that traffic is avoided. The internet has made everything easy as we can collaborate and share ideas online which really begs the question of why I must wake up and hassle my way to the office wasting valuable time on the road. The only worry now is the virus.

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My productivity is low and I don’t feel not motivated. I work while in bed most of the time, sending emails etc. and I’ll be tempted to take a nap, watch a series or be on WhatsApp. It’s quite boring and I miss my colleagues. 

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My experience working at home is a bit mixed up. Being at home is drawing my attention to many things that I have been postponing working on in my house e.g. fixing shower, getting my carpet washed etc. I am honestly replacing my boss's time with my own stuff. I am also appreciating spending time with my girlfriend. Nevertheless, I am scared about this Covid-19 virus and can't just wait to hear it's no longer a threat.

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    Omoding | March 25, 2020 13:53

    Nyc

    Juberg | March 25, 2020 12:59

    All schools are all most closed up in most countries and states due to this COVID-19 and this has affected us in one way or another....but I had a suggestion to how we can still offer education to these school children. An online education system where live tutorials can be accessed through internet can hopefully be an advantage to us all. Though it seems to be somehow involving and quite expensive but it can help

    LILIAN | March 25, 2020 07:21

    I think it gets better, At management level as most of my work can be handled from anywhere in the world i just need a computer and internet, i think it is more challenging for those with children and your attention is required by both work and family . Those without inhouse home assistants are in for a lot of caos but but compiling a day plan which is time and activity based for at least 8 hrs of your day makes it easier. But when you dont have a choice you deal with the cards you have and make the best of the situation.

    Caribbean | March 24, 2020 10:36

    Yes

    Mbae | March 24, 2020 09:44

    This only benefits the self_employed persons.for a person like me who were employed are suffering at home.hw I pray that this disease can disappear immediately for us to resume working.May God intervene.

    Pauline | March 24, 2020 03:15

    I have been working from home for two weeks now,a few challenges with internet connections and power ,distractions are there too but since I do not have to leave the house at 5 am and come back 8 pm I can say that its been for the best

    Maloba | March 23, 2020 19:52

    Thats gud and best for our life

    ELIZABETH | March 23, 2020 16:44

    Its inspiring will to emprase it too.

    GODFREY BARASA | March 23, 2020 14:37

    Given opportunity i can embrace it

    Esther | March 23, 2020 14:23

    WFH( Working From Home) is not a new concept in some NGO's. It's all about balancing your time n creating the space. Though it can be tricky with kids in the house especially if you are squeezed into a 1br house.

    Joel Macharia | March 23, 2020 11:58

    I am readily available. kindly, the may i know the list of companiny in Kenya that you can work from home and kind of jobs they offer.

    Wafula | March 23, 2020 11:38

    Some jobs will not allow one to work from home especially services delivery jobs, production jobs and those jobs that require to physically meet your clients

    Robert laaki Mukenye | March 23, 2020 11:12

    have your life work from than having no life at ur place of work.

    Morris | March 23, 2020 09:30

    I have been used to working off office,.. No big change for me

    NABUKEERA | March 23, 2020 02:22

    If given an opportunity l can embrace it .

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    Truphosa | March 23, 2020 07:34

    Yes

    MUCHEMI | March 22, 2020 18:49

    It is inspiring and motivational

    SHALLIFU | March 22, 2020 00:03

    All what u have said u guyz makes me to think deeper as l am supposed to fear with that corona virus.

    Muhire | March 20, 2020 18:33

    Please I also want to work while at home. How should I do it?

    Poultreiz | March 19, 2020 22:26

    Is better because it can reduce spread of conora virus

    henry | March 19, 2020 20:30

    Let work

    Abel | March 19, 2020 09:04

    Working at home is a mixture of many things ,but with proper balance you can achieve,for those of us who the nature of our work requires physical presence are between a rock and a hard place,in any case the circumstances given we understand and appreciate the fact that it's a path that most of us are walking...let me go to work I can't repair electrical staff here


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