20 Mar 2020

Covid-19: Realities of working from home with kids

7:13 pm on 20 March 2020

The world has suddenly changed. Countries are in lockdown, people are dying and borders are closed. These are concerning, stressful times and we could all really use some light relief right now. A good ol' laugh-out-loud. Hopefully the following helps with that.

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As more people are distancing themselves from others and staying home, they're also increasingly working from home. And they're not always alone.

Used to working around colleagues, parents are now having to figure out how to work around their children - children who talk about inappropriate things, sing loudly at inappropriate times and constantly interrupt. I've had to bribe my son to be quiet so I can write this.

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In the past couple of days people have been taking to social media to share their experiences of working from home with children. But instead of writing 'children' they use 'co-worker' - and the results are hilarious.

Some brilliant and amazing women I know have also shared their anecdotes on Facebook.

"My coworkers demanded I play 'mousetrap' for an hour. One always has sauce on his face. So embarrassing."

"My co-worker just recited my project brief to me in a faux Scottish accent then said it was the most boring thing he'd ever read. He's not wrong, but FFS."

"My co-worker today screamed and cried for (what felt like) 10 minutes because I ticked off one of the items on our task-list. Apparently that was her job."

"My co-workers keep moaning about the lack of food even as they eat all the food. They eat and then they moan. When I point to the apples and bananas, they moan even louder."

"My coworker smeared butter on my leg then demanded I wipe her bum."

"My co-workers insist on following me to the toilet. My male co-worker asks me if I have my period *every* time I pee. He likes to look at my undies to double check. To make it worse, my other co-workers just laugh. I have told him he doesn't need to know, but he insists it is crucial. I'm sure such personal intrusions are endemic amongst our organization... Also, my coworker keeps wanting to cuddle me, then sneakily tries to twiddle my nipple."

"My coworker was discussing penises with his buddy then came over to give me a shoulder massage."

"My coworker announced 'I'm going for a poo' really loudly while I was on a remote call with another coworker. We've shared an office for 12 years, I don't know how many times I have said I don't need to know about his bowel movements."

"My co-workers ran around the house like ghosts screaming and trying to give me a fright while I was on a phone call."

"I'm just about had enough of seeing my coworkers' bottoms. When I ask them to put pants on they stare at me blankly and ask "why?" Somehow, despite the lack of pant wearing there are dirty pants all over the office."

"My coworker is not wearing any underpants under her skirt and is doing roly polys down the hall."

While most people are juggling work and kids, some are also finding it difficult to work around their pets.

"My co worker keeps putting his butt hole on my laptop because it is warm and he wants ear scratches."

I'll end with one more, which happened while I was writing this. My co-worker asked if he could fart on me, and of course I told him no.

He did it anyway.

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