50 things you’ll hear when working remotely

Last updated:
December 14, 2020
December 18, 2021
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Brendan McConnell
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Working from home has its pros and cons. It gives you more time for yourself, your family and your hobbies. But it can also trigger funny, yet familiar situations.

50 things you'll hear often

  1. "Should we call on Skype, Hangouts or Zoom?”
  2. "Can someone add me to the call?"
  3. "Sorry, it cut off for a second, can you repeat that?”
  4. "If you’re not talking, can you mute yourself?"
  5. "You're mute.”
  6. "How are you holding up?”
  7. "Can you hear me?”
  8. "How do I share my screen?”
  9. "That’s my cat.”
  10. "That’s my dog.”
  11. "That’s my son.”
  12. "My butt hurts.”
  13. "It's so sunny outside.”
  14. "I like this filter.”
  15. "How do you turn off the filters?”
  16. "Can I call you?”/”Let’s take this offline”
  17. "Nice background!”
  18. "Is that your boyfriend in the background?”
  19. "Oops, go ahead”
  20. « No, you go first!”
  21. (Random food noise)
  22. "I woke up four minutes ago.”
  23. "What day is it?”
  24. "I think I need to clean up a little.”
  25. "Have you ever tried the Pomodoro technique?"
  26. "How do you stay productive?”
  27. "We'll be able to find out which meetings were really important.”
  28. "___, are you there?”
  29. (Echo)
  30. "It’s loading.”
  31. "Hello? Hello?"
  32. "I think I got internet issues.”
  33. "Sorry I'm late, my son spilled his bowl of cereal.”
  34. "Can you email me instead?”
  35. "I already spent two hours on Instagram today!”
  36. "I'm feeling a little lonely though.”
  37. "Video or just audio?”
  38. "Did you have a good weekend?”
  39. (Siren wailing in the background)
  40. "I'm going to lunch.”
  41. "I've gone through 50 levels on Candy Crush.”
  42. "If only the boss knew what I was wearing today..."
  43. "It's 3 o’clock already?”
  44. "It's only 3 o’clock?”
  45. "I hope the cookies on my desk are still there when I go back..."
  46. "Honey, I'm off to work, haha!”
  47. "I think I'm finally learning the guitar. " (Also works for painting, knitting, running...)
  48. "Already 6 coffees this morning?!”
  49. "It’s sunny outside, I think I'll go out on the balcony.”
  50. "I miss you guys!”

We hope this list made you smile and that there was at a few sayings you could relate to. If you would like to learn more about working and recruiting remotely, visit our list of resources on remote recruitment, and check out how to hire for a remote workforce. Good luck and happy remote working!

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