These Professionals Share Photos of What Their WFH Setup Look Like
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, June 02, 2020 1:38pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
The ECQ is lifted but the risk of contracting the virus is still high. The government still ordered a social distancing regulation that applies to transportation and public areas. In our workplaces, the authorities mandated only 50% of the workforce should go to the office and the remaining should work from home.
From the looks of it, WFH is an advantage, given there are no available public transport as of the moment. But WFH workers also have their own set of problems. They share their struggles with us along with photos of their current workstations.
Paggising sa umaga, diretso work na agad ako e. Aalis lang ako sa pwesto ko if kakain na. Mas gusto ko ‘yung set up ng office. Main reason is ‘yung Internet connection. Napakabagal kasi ng Internet ngayon. May times na nawawala ‘yung connection ng VPN namin so napuputol ‘yung work. Minsan, data ko na ginagamit ko matapos lang ‘yung workload.
- Judy, Transaction Processing Associate
At first, I was obsessed with having a routine. I put on semi work clothes (for Zoom calls), and even bring out my bag with me when I work. All of my work is still in there. Tapos nililigpit ko rin at the end of day as if I’m in the office. I needed the sense of normalcy to help me transition to working from home. But now that I’m well adjusted in this set up, nahihirapan na ako to distinguish the difference between home & work. It’s all work mode ‘til late night!
Since this pandemic is not going away anytime soon, I definitely prefer WFH setup. The good thing with this setup is I became more aware of how I use my time. It also helped me be more accountable and diligent.
- Joy, Account Manager
Bago ako mag-work, umiidlip muna ako or nanonood ng Netflix. 50-50 ako sa work from home setup. Advantage ng nasa bahay, di mo kailangan mag-prepare nang maaga for your shift. Less gastos sa pamasahe. Disadvantage naman, ‘pag nagkakaroon ng system issue or any type of support na required for a certain concern, walang maka-resolve agad.
- Gail, Customer Service Representative
Nagigising ako sa text/tawag from office saying na ako na lang walang advisory na pinapadala—ganito nagsisimula ang araw ako. Pagbangon ko, makikinig na ako sa live briefings, depende kung anong meron for that day. Magta-transcribe nang konti tapos magsusulat na.
Mas nakakapagod ang WFH setup kasi hindi reliable ang Internet connection namin dito sa apartment. Minsan tapos na ang press briefing, nasa kalagitnaan pa lang ako. Hindi rin kami nakakapag-follow up ng tanong for clarifications. Kung anong sinasabi ng sources online, ‘yun lang ang meron kami. Madalas, hindi [sila] sumasagot kahit sa text o tawag. Kaya minsan, we tend to take everything at face-value kasi parang nawalan kami ng chance to dig deeper dahil sa situation ngayon.
Hindi ko alam kung adjustment ang tawag dito pero nagtitiis na lang kami sa kaunting info na nakukuha namin araw araw that it feels like we're not doing our job properly.
- Maria, Reporter
Before starting my work, I would say a short prayer first kasi minsan nakaka-stress ‘yung work because of unexpected occurrences. Minsan, ‘di ko ma-handle nang maayos and it easily affects my mental & emotional state. So I need the patience and strength from God before starting the day. Then after that, I always check social media while waiting for my laptop to load.
Very convenient ‘yung work from home. Walang hassle sa pagco-commute and you can save money. Comfortable din ang WFH. You get to do what you want while working, and you can take a break whenever you want to. You can also move from place to place (if you’re using a laptop). All the things that you use are yours, so you can do what you want with it and you can have less worries when handling and using them.
- Abi, Online ESL Teacher
Before, noong hindi pa ako work from home, need ko gumising nang maaga kasi magpe-prepare pa bago pumasok. Then, sasabak pa sa traffic. Tapos, kapag nasa office na, tatapusin ‘yung nine hours na duty. Kahit natapos nang maaga sa paggawa ng articles, hindi pa rin makakauwi. Tapos sabak na naman sa nakaka-stress na traffic pauwi.
Ngayong WFH na ako, hawak ko na oras ko. Need na lang i-meet ‘yung quota ng number of articles na dapat isulat per week.
- Beatriz, Writer
Getup, check my phone if may data pa if not then go out to buy load cards and also food for lunch and dinner na. I go back to work after sanitizing my hands and feet. Sometimes, I would end up just ordering random stuff from food delivery then actually cooking something for dinner after work. I go to bed at around 4am because I want to take advantage of the night and watch a Ghibli movie before heading to bed.
I like working from home more than commuting because I save up a lot of money. I don’t stress about if I’ll ever get to sit the whole bus ride home. I get to accomplish many things that I need to do and always wanted to like: sketching, watching a movie and other things for my IG content.
- Ahl, Graphic Artist
For us employees, this is the kind of “new normal” we have to adjust with. It may be difficult at first but it also makes us realize how privileged we are to generate income without leaving our homes and risking our health.