Good on you.
Forced to work from home by order of CEO but not really an issue as I
write software. I sit in front of a computer in Scotland that spends its
life talking to computers in Munich or California. Doesn't make much
difference where I am physically located as long as I have some internet
and don't even need that fast a connection.
Don't you also need a sufficiently big screen?
I've had reports from people forced to work at home on laptops (rather
than two large monitors) and finding their productivity massively
reduced as a result.
Yes I have a pair of 24in monitors plus the laptop screen normally in
the office. When we were told to work from home we were told to take
whatever equipment we needed from our desks. I have just a single 24in
(because of space problems), the docking station, a decent keyboard and
a mouse. I can't cope with trackpads. It's not ideal as I do use 2 big
monitors full time but it it's infinitely better than just the laptop.
I'm very aware that many people are not having a good time, self
employed or business forced to shut down and I am unbelievably fortunate
in comparison. Where possible, I have been buying from my local shops
more than the big retailers and trying to put money into the local economy.
That's interesting. I've seen a memo from an IT department this week
saying "don't you dare..."
Too many home-workers only have the kitchen table. OK temporarily, I
suppose. Having been a home-worker mainly, the last 30yrs, my office is
in the biggest room in the house, and has a door to isolate the domestic
I fear that the economies of being self-employed are about to catch up
with a lot of people (SSP, what SSP?) Let alone the gig-workers with
several part-time jobs.
It's important that one's locality is sustainably self sufficient, and
not reliant on a once a week big shop in a supermarket half an hour's
Someone high up decided to upgrade the remote working resources 6-8
weeks back so every employee can remote work.
There's a work website I need to visit this week and enter the serial
numbers of what I have taken but nobody is being heavy about filling it
in yet. Looking online, 24in monitor, dock, keyboard and mouse costs
less than £400. For the 30 in our office it's under £12k. Chicken feed.
Even if they had to write off that cost for all 15k employees worldwide
that's only £6million. Which is still chicken feed in the grand scheme
of hoping to keep your workforce alive and productive. They'll have
spent more on upgrading the VPN ports and buying 40Gbps internet links
for the core offices and data centres.
You seem to be remaining level headed. I'm hoping that might be
contagious because there are plenty on here who could do with a good
I have a number of long term health issues that put me in a high risk
group and have already dealt with practice nurses and pharmacy staff
this week. I made sure they knew I was very grateful they were still
able to work despite being under great stress by their workload and the
increased risk to themselves and their families.
On 22/03/2020 19:42, email@example.com wrote:
You can (a) join the very many self-employed complaining loudly on
social media that they paid their taxes "just like employees" but have
no package or (b) do something useful while you wait for the package
expected to be announced in the coming week (while consoling yourself
with the thought that that you didn't) - e.g. see if you qualify for
reply-to address is (intended to be) valid
On Sun, 22 Mar 2020 12:42:21 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Where you PAYE? or after issuing and invoice?
If PAYE they ought to take you back on and grant leave of abscence.
HMG then pays up to 80% of your wages, caped at £2500/month.
Join the club, up shit street without a paddle (at the moment, there
are loud rumblings of something being announced this coming week.
Universal Credit/ESA are means tested. >16K in savings you can't get
them. New Style JSA, about £90/week is a possibilty but you'll have
to have paid 2 or 3 years of Class 1 (I think) NI or have suitable NI
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