@andyw I had planned to retire at the end of May, but I’ve liked working from home well enough that I’ll continue doing it for a while. I’ve only set foot in the office once (to clean out personal items) since mid March.
@macromeh I had planned last October to retire at the end of April, and my office was expecting that. I had no desire to delay my retirement, but obviously a lot I had wanted to do was not available-but at least my family has been healthy.
@zinimusprime the only things that really suck are the loss of the paycheck and hanging around with some of my co-workers. I had a really long and horrible commute, it was mostly dull office work, and I couldn’t stand my dept head. I’ve been leisurely looking for another job for the last year. So, I’m looking at the layoff as a positive development.
Would stop in about once a month at first, to go through my mail and do a bank deposit. Not long after Memorial Day started going in regularly. Only about 25% of the staff shows up on a given day and we mostly have private offices. For those who don’t we enclosed the open area with glass panels.
Office is still closed while they work out a re-opening plan, so I’m currently working from home. I hate working from home, but I’m happy to still be employed. No raises this year, but fortunately no pay cuts. Yet.
Not everyone works in an “office.” As a self-employed, small business owner, small engine mechanic, my “office” is a garage. And we didn’t have the luxury of working from home or getting a handout to sit around.
I was with you until you lauded yourself over the office worker that needed the handout. I’m sure there are those that have abused the handout, but I believe that far more needed or were very helped by it.
@rebeltaz most people didn’t “get a handout to sit around” lol. i got one check for $1200 in june or july and that doesn’t even cover my rent. those that collected unemployment also weren’t rolling in dough, and they paid into the system and will have to pay again at tax time. some people got screwed worse than others, but nobody among us plebs is living the high life for free.
@jerk_nugget@zinimusprime Perhaps I could have worded that better. That last sentence was two separate ideas. I wasn’t saying that the office workers were getting handouts. I was referring to those who do abuse the system.
@jerk_nugget@rebeltaz@zinimusprime Most people are not abusing the system. Several reputable places have done research on that. nearly allpeople want to be working because they recognize that unemployment is temporary, that in the long run they will be better off paying into social security and retirement… There are some families who are caught between a rock and a hard place due to kids, no child care, virtual skill in kids too young to do it themselves and don’t have as many options as DHS takes a dim view of abandoning children at home and then not having them do school. All the studies had similar results. All the studies were independent of each other.
@jerk_nugget@rebeltaz@zinimusprime well I couldn’t type. What I meant was: Unemployment compensation is temporary and in the long run having a job is a better option. And young kids don’t have the all the skills needed to do virtual school independently and unsupervised.
@jerk_nugget@Kidsandliz@zinimusprime Yes. Having a job is a far better - and more satisfying - option. The problem is that that sentiment is not universally echoed. From those who abuse the welfare system to the proposed universal income crap, there are far too many layabouts who would rather get something for nothing, even if that something has to come from someone else’s hard work. Like I said, I wasn’t talking about people with jobs who were either fired, laid off or just don’t have jobs to which they can return. I was speaking about the worthless people who refuse to work.
@Kidsandliz this is true. even for the few who “abuse the system” (not sure what this even really means most of the time), rather than blaming them we need to look at the system that put them in a desperate position. instead of focusing on what is largely a myth, we need to focus on fixing the way schools are funded, paying people a living wage, ensuring access to mental healthcare, addressing homelessness/unemployment/food insecurity, funding community programs and local businesses, access to food and affordable childcare, the list goes on. most people do want to be working, they want to be productive, to contribute.
additionally, many government assistance programs end up trapping those that are on them into an endless loop of poverty, instead of being the helping hand many think they are. the whole thing is a mess, and it’s not the fault of those on the receiving end.
I usually work at home, but I took a part time job about one month into the pandemic and I’ve been going in there 1-2 days a week. It’s fun and different. I’ve had to upgrade my wardrobe though. Grrrrr.
I got pulled back in full time at the end of August. Most in the office are in 2-3 days, a couple are also full time. We are just too insanely busy and falling further behind, and the stuff I do involving hardware is just more efficient in the office.
I liked working from home and hope to go back, but at least I have my workroom back for now since its no longer an ‘office’.