Man who works from home comes up with genius solution to show he's 'active' online all day

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A man who works from home has come up with a genius solution to show his boss that he's "active" on Microsoft Teams all day.

When the Covid-19 pandemic forced offices the world over to send their staff home to work virtually, remote work became bigger than ever before.

Now, it's become something of an expectation, as opposed to an added perk, that companies allow their employees to work from home - for at least a couple of days a week.

But there is still a bit of cliché and stigma attached to working from home. There's this idea that being away from the office allows workers to do less work than they would have done had they been surrounded by their line manager and co-workers.

Well, one TikTok user, named Joey McDonald (@thelastjoey), has shared a hilarious video playing on this stereotype of remote work.

"Joke for legal purposes," he captions the video, in which he shares a hack for pretending you're active on your company's workspace messaging platform.

In the clip, a computer mouse tied to a Roomba can be seen moving around, ensuring that its corresponding computer does't go on standby even when it's not in use.

"When you boss requires you to be 'active' online throughout the day," Joey writes as part of the video text.

The post has since racked up more than 13 million views, over 381,000 likes, and thousands of comments.

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Many of the commenters shared their own personal hacks, with one person suggesting: "you can set an optical mouse on top of an analog watch the hands will keep it active."

Another said: "Why not just purchase the mouse jiggler on amazon that you put your mouse on top of?"

A third said: "Go to YouTube with your tablet search for mouse mover and put your mouse on the tabletscreen."

A fourth commented: "just open up a notepad, type some random stuff, click the last line of text and ladtly put a dime in your keyboard to stick down the insert key. boom."

Featured image credit: Wachiwit / Alamy

Man who works from home comes up with genius solution to show he's 'active' online all day

vt-author-image

By VT

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A man who works from home has come up with a genius solution to show his boss that he's "active" on Microsoft Teams all day.

When the Covid-19 pandemic forced offices the world over to send their staff home to work virtually, remote work became bigger than ever before.

Now, it's become something of an expectation, as opposed to an added perk, that companies allow their employees to work from home - for at least a couple of days a week.

But there is still a bit of cliché and stigma attached to working from home. There's this idea that being away from the office allows workers to do less work than they would have done had they been surrounded by their line manager and co-workers.

Well, one TikTok user, named Joey McDonald (@thelastjoey), has shared a hilarious video playing on this stereotype of remote work.

"Joke for legal purposes," he captions the video, in which he shares a hack for pretending you're active on your company's workspace messaging platform.

In the clip, a computer mouse tied to a Roomba can be seen moving around, ensuring that its corresponding computer does't go on standby even when it's not in use.

"When you boss requires you to be 'active' online throughout the day," Joey writes as part of the video text.

The post has since racked up more than 13 million views, over 381,000 likes, and thousands of comments.

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Credit: TikTok
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Credit: TikTok

Many of the commenters shared their own personal hacks, with one person suggesting: "you can set an optical mouse on top of an analog watch the hands will keep it active."

Another said: "Why not just purchase the mouse jiggler on amazon that you put your mouse on top of?"

A third said: "Go to YouTube with your tablet search for mouse mover and put your mouse on the tabletscreen."

A fourth commented: "just open up a notepad, type some random stuff, click the last line of text and ladtly put a dime in your keyboard to stick down the insert key. boom."

Featured image credit: Wachiwit / Alamy