Many of you are probably stuck in (unable to leave) your house, and you may have to do your work from home.
Now, many people think that working from home sounds like a great idea. But the reality (what actually happens) is sometimes far from (very different than) the dream (what one thinks and hopes will happen).
There are many problems with home offices that make it difficult, inconvenient (not easy or nice), or uncomfortable (physically awkward) to work from home.
Many home offices are simply too small. Most large areas in people’s homes are used for living areas (places for the family to spend time together) and bedrooms.
Telecommuters (people who work from home) often have to cram (fit something into a small space) their desk into the corner of a room that is used for one or more other things.
Even when people do have enough space for a home office, the room is often inadequate (not good enough) in some other way.
One thing we have all learned about during this COVID-19 crisis is videoconferencing, using software such as Skype or Zoom.
The fun thing is that you can now see the inside of your co-workers’ houses!
It also means that you don’t really have to wear pants, since you only see the top half of your body on the video screen (see photo).
Most home offices aren’t sound-proof (not allowing sound to cross the walls, ceiling, and floor), either.
That means those working from home hear the sounds of children, television, musical instruments, and (worst of all) . . . cats.
Let’s hope this ends soon!
P.S. We talk more about working from home in our Daily English 544 – Working from a Home Office here.
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