Your October Pop Quiz! — Working From Home: Insanity or Psychosis?

All this COVID-induced working from home has brought new attention to internal communications. You might want to read “Our 10 Best Articles on How to Measure Internal Communications,” where we cover most everything you need to answer the questions below. Well, except for a sense of humor. 🙂

All right, class, you may pick up your #2 pencils and begin:

1. Some working-from-home people have now had to go back to the office. If you are one of them, how are you finding the transition?

  1. It’s nice and quiet in the office without the kids, but it’s way more work to tidy up after my boss.
  2. I’m dealing, you know? I just put the wine in a sippy cup.
  3. I hate it. The whole having-to-wear-pants thing is like a serious burden.
  4. Wait. We’re back in the office now?

2. All those Zoom meetings. What do you think about them?

  1. I love them. Because once I figured out the virtual background thing my home can be a disaster and you can’t tell.
  2. They’re my favorite. Because the whole time those fools can’t tell that I’m sitting there in my “Here’s a package for you, honey!” orange underwear.
  3. They’re not so bad. I just mess with the video and pretend like my Zoom is broken, then hang up after a few minutes. They email me anything important anyway.
  4. I totally hate them. My hair never looks right, and Zoom makes me look ugly. The whole time I can’t stop checking out my nose hairs.
  5. What meetings? Early on I made a point of always chomping on a bowl of Cap’n Crunch© during those things. Now they don’t even invite me any more.

3. On a scale of 1 to 7, how would you rate your working-from-home productivity?

  1. 7
  2. 1
  3. Wait a minute. I resent your implication that my productivity is affected.
  4. This question is bullshit. I handle the booze, naps, and Pornhub just fine. Don’t you worry, I can quit any time I want.

4. Some work-from-home parents have found it difficult to deal with their stay-at-home children. What has been your experience?

  1. No sweat. I bought a couple of those big dog crates, you know? The kids seem OK with it, long as I don’t forget to feed ’em.
  2. It’s fine, I guess. I just do like my Mom used to: I push ’em out the door in the morning and tell them not to come back until dark.
  3. Oh, this question doesn’t apply to me. You want the nanny.
  4. “When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.” —Erma Bombeck

5. If you have a live-in spouse, partner, or significant other, how have they adapted to your working from home?

  1. Oh, we’re good. Now that we quit trying to both work in the kitchen at the same time.
  2. Fine, I guess. Haven’t heard anything from the basement for a couple weeks now.
  3. Oh my god, I can’t wait until they go back to the office full time.
  4. That asshole? I think he’s doing fine, he took the kids and has been living over to the other side of town since just after I started working from— Hey! 
  5. Wait. Don’t even tell me you’ve been talking to her. There’s privacy laws against that you know. You can’t believe anything she says, right?

6. Which of the following are typical of your daily to-do list?

  1. Take a shower
  2. Change out of pajamas
  3. Check Netflix for new shows.
  4. List? List? Gimme a break.

7. How do you organize your home office?

  1. I’m all set! I got the couch office in the den, the desk office in the living room, the bed office in the bedroom. And then there’s the lawn chair office on the deck.
  2. Well, I start off with my laptop and a glass of wine. Then sometimes I’ll move out of bed, sometimes not.
  3. I don’t understand the question. At home I’m never out of the office.
  4. I just stay away from the windows, keep the lights off. I can get right to the safe room quick, soon as that shit goes down.

8. What’s been the most difficult thing about working from home?

  1. Netflix doesn’t add new shows fast enough.
  2. That guy next door talks baby talk to his dog. Loud. All day long. I mean it’s really driving me up a wall.
  3. I go through way too much suntan lotion.
  4. My office keeps sending me these bullshit surveys; they want to know if I’m “engaged” and “connected.”

Scoring: If you are still reading, it’s clear you have a deep appreciation of the complexities of working from home, as well as a sense of humor. Give yourself 100% — and check out the “Midnight Diner” series on Netflix.

About Author

Bill Paarlberg

Bill Paarlberg is the Editor of The Measurement Advisor. He has been editing and writing about measurement for over 20 years. He was the development and copy editor for "Measuring the Networked Nonprofit" by Beth Kanter and Katie Paine, winner of the 2013 Terry McAdam Book Award.