I remember it was on 18th March, 2020 when our boss asked us to work from home due to the reports of the Covid-19 pandemic reaching Kenya. Back then, I was working for an online platform for news, and even before the pandemic was announced in Kenya, we had already started taking precautions. Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6 inches Full HD IPS Display
Our company was a Chinese based institution and our bosses were exercising the precautions. We were wearing masks in the office, which by the way when we left the office we removed because no Kenyan was wearing a mask at that time. We had moved to a bigger office so we can observe social distancing, and there were sanitizers in the office. I remember if you had flu, you could request for days off and work from home. Read Also: Why You Don’t Get the Job You Want
It was that serious. So here we were working from home, at first it was enjoyable. We used to do the same amount of work as we did in the office, and each day we were send a 200 shilling airtime to buy internet bundles. It was okay for some time until the boss thought that if we work from home, he should increase the work load. We also had to attend a zoom meeting every morning and show our faces and also attend another zoom meeting at 5:30 PM to mark ourselves present.
It became worse when he started checking on use through WhatsApp, like writing a message on the work group and expecting each one of the 48 writers to mark themselves present. We were also to buy our own internet for the day, which was expensive. Most of us installed home internet fiber, because the cost of buying internet credit was high, considering our pay had been cut because we were working from home.
It became unbearable to work and most people started to quite the job. I finally called it quits in August, 2020 despite not knowing what I was going to do. Let me tell you. If you feel like your work is draining you and causing you mental stress. Then it’s not worth it. Your health matters more than that job.
After leaving the job, the fatigue, headaches and lack of appetite that I used to have ended after a week of rest. I later learnt that some of my colleagues I had worked with had the same symptoms, and others worse, and they had to go to hospital and take long rest.
After lots of thinking and staying idle for a long time, I had ideas of creating my own website and creating content. I did not know how I was to start it, but through research and financial help from my brother (after I pitched my idea to him). I started creating my website.
Looking back, I think it was a blessing in disguise because now I love what am doing and am happy with my work. Our past experiences have taught us that what we go through makes us who we are. It is true to say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
I am still learning new things and making mistakes because this was just an idea for me that I was passionate about, but it is worth it when I receive positive comments from readers and encouragement to continue what I do best.
So, that’s how my one year experience has been working from home, since the corona virus was reported in Kenya. What is your own experience working in this pandemic period? What have you learnt and what is your story. Share through the comments.