One day we're all working hard at our desk in the office and the next a pandemic turns the world turns upside down and many business owners and their employees move operations to their homes.

While our pets are definitely happy that we're spending more time with them, there are plenty of challenges of working from home too. From kids running around and making it harder to concentrate to the full fridge, just a few steps away. One of the problems people have been running into is actually finding space to perform their duties. Not everyone has a separate room which they can transform into a home office. Some studio dwellers don't even have a place to sit. So they improvise.

Twitter user Jules Forrest recently shared a pic of her own setup: she moved a chair into the hallway and made a desk out of her clothes hamper. Thinking she can't be the only one, Jules asked if someone else also wanted to respond with an image of their own 'unglamorous' home workspace. Immediately, creative solutions started pouring in.

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Ula
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2 weeks ago

Love it!

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Google. Microsoft. Twitter. Hitachi. Apple. Amazon. Chevron. Salesforce. Spotify. From the US and the UK to Japan and South Korea, in the past days, global companies have rolled out mandatory work-from-home policies amid the spread of COVID-19. Not to mention all the medium and small size organizations. Many employees are working from home for the first time, which means figuring out how to stay productive in a new environment that may not lend itself to productivity.

Communication is key. “Have really clear-set expectations for communications day to day,” Barbara Larson, a professor of management at Northeastern University in Boston who studies remote working told the BBC. “Ask [your manager] if they don’t mind having a 10-minute call to kick off the day and wrap up the day. Often times, managers just haven’t thought of it.”

Most people spend their workdays in close proximity to their boss, meaning communication is easy and effortless. But that's not the case now, so a communication breakdown is expected. However, don't forget that your manager might not be used to managing people virtually, too.

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Will Tiernan
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2 weeks ago

The irony!

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Last year, a study of 2,500 remote workers found that loneliness was the second-most reported challenge, one that 19% of respondents struggled with. And loneliness can make people less motivated and less productive. So when you do communicate with your boss and team from home, keep it as “rich” as possible. That means face-to-face and instant. Think video calls, Skype, Zoom.

Another key part of working from home is your setup. Many of us don't have the luxury of an office room, so do what the people in the pics are doing. Try as hard as you can to create an ad hoc, bespoke space exclusively for work. “Not having a well-equipped home office space when [people] begin remote working can cause a temporary decrease in productivity,” said Sara Sutton, CEO and founder of FlexJobs, a remote job listing site. “The very best remote workers will reach out to coworkers and managers regularly” through a variety of tools. She says double monitors and a wireless keyboard and mouse make her more productive at home.

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Zara VP
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2 weeks ago

Great use of space!

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Twitter user @twiztwit is one of the people who uploaded a pic of their setup to Forrest's thread. "I am a technology platform architect," they told Bored Panda. "I rarely worked from home before my employer mandated it 2 weeks ago. I simply prefer going someplace else for work."

When it was time to take their work home, twiztwit's husband scrounged a piece of shelving from his shop. "He beveled the edges to save my hands and wrists. The shelf sits on top of the treadmill 'arms' which are thankfully long enough. He set some long screws in the underside of the board on both ends to prevent the board from moving laterally." You can actually see the screw if you zoom in the photo, which was one of the most popular ones.

To twiztwit or their team, working remotely is not a new. "I work in Chicago. I have teammates in Mexico, India and Tennessee . And frankly I collaborate from my desk with people in buildings 1 to 8 blocks away. Our collaboration model shifted to mostly online several years ago." However, the challenge they and their colleagues constantly face is the same one that Barbara Larson mentioned. "You cannot replace in-person communication." So twiztwit, just like the rest of us, tires to make-do with what they have.

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A2Bros
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2 weeks ago

That's awesome!!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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2 weeks ago

Good call. Alcohol in reach.

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Stille20
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Awwwwww.. my pup looked like that. Have had the opportunity to bring in a new pup. I want a quarantine dog!!

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Jon S.
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2 weeks ago

Tried doing something like this today, but it was just too bright. Had to go back inside.

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Karen Dyer
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2 weeks ago

That is a no brainer, kitty first always.

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Ben Steinberg
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2 weeks ago

I see a coworker is coming by to say hi...

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elif
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2 weeks ago

nice colors...

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Jo Choto
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2 weeks ago

That's actually great. If my entire closet space wasn't the size of this nook, I would love a closet work space.

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Suzanne Clark
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2 weeks ago

Yikes! Is that the "wolf at the door"?

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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2 weeks ago

Why don't people have tables?

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Sue Bentley
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2 weeks ago

Looks like he aced it!

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elif
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2 weeks ago

this IS glamorous

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Juniper
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2 weeks ago (edited)

Bottle of wine to get you through those boring calls and emails :D

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Kate S
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2 weeks ago

It gets the job done!

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How Terribly Unfortunate
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2 weeks ago

Cool contraption lol

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Luna Lovegood
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2 weeks ago

Gorgeous cat!!!

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Id row
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2 weeks ago

They're the perfect height. I used to use reams of paper.

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Olivia Mirly
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2 weeks ago

who needs two monitors when you can have this bad boy

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SirPatTheCat
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2 weeks ago

"Hello? Jeremy are you there?" "fwUBFWUBFWUBFWU-"

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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2 weeks ago

Cool space!

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Nea
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2 weeks ago

Work in the times of cholera!

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Jo Choto
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2 weeks ago

Spin cycle's gonna ruin you.

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Id row
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2 weeks ago

Still better than this, lol. face-to-fa...22f2d1.jpg face-to-face-gaming-lap-5e7626722f2d1.jpg

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Jo Choto
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2 weeks ago

I am also working lying on my bed.

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Roz Adams
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2 weeks ago

Is that The Last Supper on the wall? Very apocalyptic :)

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Jo Choto
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2 weeks ago

Saw off the legs.

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Jo Choto
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2 weeks ago

Hoarder!

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