Much can be said about the pros and cons of working from home. Some think that working from home is better as they feel that they face too many distractions in an office environment so that they need to work from home to get things done, at least for demanding work that requires your full attention. Others find that surprising distractions can happen at home, too, just as Professor Robert E. Kelly learned while he offered his views on South Korea's political turbulence after the prime minister was impeached.
Inspired by Dr. Kelly's troubles keeping his kids out of the broadcast, I was interviewed by CBS LA's Stacey Butler and they also made the rounds near Chapman by asking people on the streets around the Orange Circle in Old Town Orange if they had experiences with working from home. Please enjoy the clip below even if the quality is not great as I literally filmed the live streamed news segment on my desktop screen using my phone.
While I recognize that the impeachment of the prime minister was a historic and important event in South Korea, I could not resist laughing out loud when I saw how Professor Kelly's young children stormed his home office. What was funny was the stark contrast between his happy children and his own attempts, only half-successful, at keeping a straight face.
Kudos to BBC News for making this 1-minute “blooper reel” clip available on their YouTube channel. I first saw this clip shared on my brother David Myhr‘s Facebook feed and, in turn, I shared it with my friends adding a comment that this showed the risks that you take while live streaming as just about anything can happen.
— Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) March 10, 2017
A few hours later, another Facebook friend complained that her feed was over-saturated with this video and as I didn't want to annoy people, I removed it thinking that it had served its purpose by then. However, five minutes later, CBS Los Angeles evening news called and wanted to interview me on camera and I had to rush to Chapman University as I ironically enough was “working from home.”
As I only had half an hour to prepare, I crowdsourced some ideas from my Facebook friends who quickly came to the rescue offering many interesting observations regarding the tradeoffs involved (thanks!). In favor of working at home was arguments such as the efficiency of being able to skip the long commute and the ability to focus, but the downside could be that it is hard to remember to stop working, the lack of social interaction with colleagues, plus the aforementioned risk of being disturbed by people at home.
In the interview, I tried to explain the viral nature of the video:
We are overburdened with information, we get too much of the serious stuff so sometimes we take note of things that are the abnormal.
Also, I stressed that workers at home don't necessarily have to wear formal clothing but rather that the important thing was that the employee is feeling productive. I even said that with even more people working from home, it may become unprofessional to be too professional. Takeaway? Take yourself lightly, as Stacey Butler so eloquently put it in the conclusion of the story 🙂