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COVID-19: The twists and turns of working from home

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 18, 2020   /   12:46 pm
COVID-19: The twists and turns of working from home Indonesians are taking to twitter to share their stories of working from home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. (Shutterstock/Creative Lab)

Work from home (WFH), which President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recommended on Monday to curb the spread of COVID-19, can have its upsides and downsides – often humorous – which people have taken to the internet to share.

Twitter user @umenumen (Umen) shared screenshots of his friends telling him of their WFH experiences, which Umen labelled “the twists and turns of work from home”.

“I had a [virtual] meeting but forgot to turn off the microphone when my maid came in [to my room] and said ‘Here’s the lumpia [fritters]’. Okay..,” a friend told Umen as depicted in one of the screenshots.

Other Twitter users replied to Umen’s thread with their own stories.

@geNNyNdut shared another awkward situation. She recounted her sister’s WFH experience of being on a conference call while wearing shorts. When a child asked her “why are you wearing shorts?”, her office mates burst out in laughter.

Another Twitter user @sanjayeah replied to Umen's thread with a video showing two fathers on a conference call while holding their babies as they worked from home. Netizens described the video as cute.

@Gustika tweeted that she was amused by watching her mother, a boomer, struggling to use the touchpad on her laptop. Her mother, she said, used a mouse connected to a PC in her office.

Gustika added that her mother also didn’t know how to connect to the wifi in her own home.

However, @levilarassaty pointed out a downside of WFH. She said she could not work effectively at home.

She said working from home had made her muscles tense and ache, as she did not have a proper working station to do things comfortably. (aly)