What is your work status?

I know some states have not been hit much with COVID-19.  So you may end up canceling your vote and changing it, who knows?


By work status, we mean, "Where do you work from...or are you working?"

I am working now, but unsure how things will turn out.
3% (1 vote)
I have been laid off temporarily.
6% (2 votes)
I lost my job because of the quarantine, etc.
0% (0 votes)
I work, but less (either from home or at a location)
3% (1 vote)
I work about as much, but from home.
15% (5 votes)
I am working more than usual (e.g., medical personnel, etc. or another reason).
9% (3 votes)
I am working at my job pretty much as usual (whether from home or not); not much changed.
47% (16 votes)
I was planning on retiring/quitting, so I just moved things up a bit.
0% (0 votes)
I am retired.
6% (2 votes)
I have not bee working for a wage/salary/support, so nothing much has changed.
3% (1 vote)
My work schedule is more variable, so none of the categories above quite hit the mark.
6% (2 votes)
I normally don't work this time of year.
0% (0 votes)
3% (1 vote)
Total votes: 34
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Kevin Miller's picture

I deliver mail for the post office, so it's impossible to work from home. I voted that I work the same as usual, but I almost voted that I work less, since mail volumes have decreased. My mail route has taken less than 8 hours quite a few times the past couple weeks, but I can fill up the remaining time with  annual leave, so I still get paid for 8.

Larry Nelson's picture

I'm still going into the office to work.  Normally I take mass transit: I've been driving for the past 2 1/2 weeks instead. 

I'm in a position classified as essential.  My company is giving me a bonus on top of my regular pay (I jokingly call it "combat pay") to come into the office.

M. Osborne's picture

I've been working from home since I moved from Nebraska to Philly for seminary. I do tech work for a real estate title company. It started as family-owned and was bought and sold twice in the past few years, and now we're part of a real estate analytics and services company owned by a big mortgage servicer.

The parent company and its child companies have switched to 90-95% work from home and this is the first time I've ever experienced a "this is not a drill" sort of test to the business continuity / disaster recovery program. Honestly, I've been pretty impressed.

"The world is flat" and our outsourcing providers in India also had to overhaul for work-from-home arrangements, and I was asked to come out of my tech hole and actually start processing title work if I had some bandwidth. But ordinary busy-ness and some other things coming due at once mean I've been working overtime on other stuff. 

Since the parent mortgage servicer is involved in the extension of credit, they're considered a necessary business, and they have a skeleton crew come in for loan closings, handling physical recordable documents (although county closures and limited hours have affected that workflow).

The biggest snafu is my OneDrive won't synch anymore; with everyone going to work from home, they added a security policy to OneDrive to prevent people downloading stuff to their home computer. I have a work laptop but somehow the system thinks that it's not a work laptop. I'm not a network guy, so I'm not sure exactly.


Michael Osborne
Philadelphia, PA

TylerR's picture


Our whole agency is teleworking. We all use a program that lets us log into our workstation desktops from home, complete with all our programs (etc.), even if our own home laptops don't have these programs. Very impressive. I can do everything from home I can do at work. When this is over, the agency will have a very hard time justifying restricting telework like they were doing. I'd personally prefer to split my time between office and home when this is over = Mon/Fri at home, Tue-Thur in office.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Jim's picture

Lucky in a way (not that comfortable with the words "luck" or "fortunate"):

  • I have a pension from a bank (as does wife)
  • I'm on social security (as does wife)
  • We are blessed because we saved in a retirement plan over 16 years of ministry (now in an IRA)

On the other hand:

  • I'm 32 years post spinal injury that crippled me
  • I have stage 3 cancer
  • I'm 70 1/2

In January, I went back to work for Training Leaders International and I am paid twice a month. I worked downtown at the offices there until mid-March and now I am working from home. Not much to do on Mondays. Tuesday to Thursday busy. 



JohnBrian's picture

...which is equivalent to a single full-time job. I work the Sunrise shift at UPS at our local airport. Alarm goes off at 2:45am, and I'm back home by 8am most mornings. We are still working and have a corporate letter to show to the police if we are stopped on the way to/from work.

At my other job I drive an airport shuttle the 90 miles between Columbia, SC and the Charlotte, NC (CLT) airport. We suspended service a few weeks ago since no one is flying. We expected to transport 600 university students back from Spring Break, but the school canceled the semester. Easter weekend is usually a big weekend for us, as is the Master's Tournament, with numbers of folks coming from Europe. We hope to resume service in June. Not sure how quickly air travel will rebound once things settle down.

The upside is that I am getting more rest; have time to work on home projects; and do some writing. May not want to go back to the crazy schedule when it's time!

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Jay's picture

We went WFH a few weeks ago, and there's been a big increase in work for us as a result (I work in IT).  So far I think things have gone fairly well, even though it's definitely been rough at times.

"Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin is...no longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells

Paul J's picture

We closed our offices on March 13th and began working from home.  Church work is considered essential so we have some flexibility in travel.  I go into the office a couple of times a week to collect time-sensitive mail such as invoices etc.  We've kept our staff fully engaged at this point.

josh p's picture

I am in construction delivery (concrete). We are considered essential and were running as such but eventually we were told that we could only work when we were working on government jobs. It’s all confusing since the letter from the governor specified residential construction as essential as well. We don’t have enough government work to bring all but the top few drivers in. I’ve been laid off for about a week and a half and expect it to continue for at least a few more weeks.