The folks at Owl Labs know that working remotely can be a challenge, and that is why they invented the Meeting OWL. They also know that there are certain things that remote workers can do, that office workers can’t. Below is a list of 50 items that all remote workers can relate to.
One thing Meeting OWL can do is make remote workers feel closer to their team’s thanks to the 360-degree camera, intelligent software and easy plug and play set up.
Enjoying the look on people’s faces when you tell them you can work from anywhere in the world
1. Taking your first 2 calls of the day in your bathrobe at your dining table.
2. Making coffee in the middle of meetings with your mic on mute, because hey you can never have enough coffee.
3. Taking a Shower at lunchtime because you started the
4. Being envious of all your office worker friends for getting to actually be around people all day.
5. Realizing the only friends you see regularly are on re-runs of “Friends”.
6. Doing your laundry in the middle of the workday, and then realizing how infrequently you change your clothes. At this point, you realize that your work wardrobe consists mostly of pajamas and sweats.
7. Having your kids type your Slack responses while you shuttle them between school activities.
8. Going clothes shopping for “Business Casual”, then exclusively buying more pajamas and sweats.
9. Announcing to your coworkers that you put on real pants today. (then thinking they think you work in your underwear most of the time).
10. Making friends with the FedEx, UPS, and USPS delivery people. Realizing, every delivery person becomes your closest confidants as you share stories about your neighbors with them.
Realizing you’ve never actually met most of the people you work with in real life
11. Rushing to put on a shirt when you realize everyone else is on video during a call. Pants, of course, are always optional. Business on the top, party down below! Think of it as a fashion mullet.
12. Being asked to do stuff for friends and neighbors in the middle of the day, because working from home to them means not having a “real” job.
13. Having to convince everybody on a regular basis that you do, in fact, have a real job.
14. Realizing you’ve never actually met most of the people you work with in real life.
15. Using your lunch break to do chores around the house or in the yard.
16. Realizing that your workday at home was far more productive than any you’ve had in an office (less time sucking conversations over the cubical wall.
17. Enjoying the look on people’s faces when you tell them you can work from anywhere in the world.
18. Initially thinking you’ll work from all kinds of fun and exotic places, but the farthest you ever travel to work is your basement office or dining room table.
19. Setting your open laptop on the kitchen counter to keep an eye on email while you fix yourself
20. Getting excited about all the culinary possibilities with all-day access to a kitchen, only to end up eating cereal for pretty much every meal.
21. Telling your team that you’re going to lunch, but you never actually leave your computer.
22. Standing up while working was your greatest non-work accomplishment today.
23. Getting exasperated responses from friends when you say you’re exhausted from your workday “How can you be tired? You work from home.”
24. Feeling horrified by how quickly you can drink an entire case of Mendota Springs water.
25. Talking to your pets more than you talk to people. Then bouncing ideas off of your pets and expecting a response.
Walking to the mailbox a second time when you’re having a great hair day, and hoping the neighbors take notice
26. Putting on “Jeopardy” just to be able to say you had some human interaction today as you shout your questions before the contestants can.
27. Noticing your spouse stopped doing the dishes and laundry because you can get it done while they’re at work.
28. Constantly having to apologize for your dog barking in the background during meetings.
29. Being able to burp as much and as loud as you want.
30. Laughing at the computer screen when people say funny things in Slack.
31. Realizing at 10 pm that you haven’t been outside today.
32. Feeling really proud of how much your skin has improved now that you don’t wear makeup every day.
33. Walking to the mailbox a second time when you’re having a great hair day, hoping the neighbors take notice.
34. Assuming your coworkers are actually much shorter than they are in real life.
35. Having a difficult time speaking to people in real life without the ability to respond with emojis and GIFs.
36. Feeling the dread and shame during a video call because no one cared about your brilliant ideas, and then realizing you were muted the whole time.
37. Being unbelievably nervous when you meet co-workers in person for the first time. It sorta feels a bit like a blind date.
38. Taking a lunch break longer than 15 minutes, and then feeling guilty because you’re not eating at your desk.
39. Working at the local coffee shop just so you can feel like you’re coming home
Having closer friendships with your remote team than you’ve ever had at an office before
40. Feeling like you could never have a job in an office ever again.
41. Joking about your “long commute down the hall” while your friends complain about their actual long commute.
42. Checking yourself out on your webcam preview screen before joining a call—then realizing you should probably comb your hair and shave.
43. Noticing that car-related errands have become especially annoying because you never drive. Then asking yourself if you even know how to drive anymore.
44. Forgetting on a daily basis that sustaining life requires breaking for food and then being annoyed on a daily basis that sustaining life requires breaking for food (Soylent is not an option).
45. Finding it’s a constant battle to actually stop working, both before and after the “workday” is done.
46. Speaking fluent emoji.
47. Telling your work friends how exciting it is to be eating lunch with “human friends in real life” today.
48. Realizing all the time you spent in chat rooms in the 90s actually paid off.
49. Knowing you’ve totally found your people and loving being an introvert among introverts.
50. Having closer friendships with your remote team than you’ve ever had at an office before.