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Working from home

On Thu 28 Jan at 11:34am Cedric wrote:
What benefit towards preventing the spread of Coronavirus is obtained from some of those working from home when they have ‘friends’ visiting them during the working day.?
I also know of one person, who with others from their office, are working together indoors! Doesn’t make sense to me.
On Thu 28 Jan at 12:27pm Xplorer1 wrote:
Quite simply they shouldn't be, as it erodes the benefit of working from home, and breaks the current rules.
On Sat 30 Jan at 11:43pm Basil wrote:
Can anyone explain why it's working 'from' home rather than working 'at' home? can see how a travelling salesperson based at home would be working 'from', but surely anyone sitting at a computer and making calls is working 'at'. Do we say working 'from' the office?
On Sun 31 Jan at 5:56pm Cedric wrote:
A good question Basil.
Could it be a term perhaps to differentiate from those that are working at home ( doing there own home related work), and those that are doing a commercial job ‘working from home?’
On Sun 31 Jan at 7:55pm Tom Pain wrote:
What a semantic soup we stir. We shoot FROM the gun AT the target. Our work goes FROM home TO the customer, directionally it goes AT the customer. So AT is the focus of a direction through space.
But Tom is AT home, posting FROM home. AT home is stationary in this case FROM which the post moves away. Now I'm sounding like one of IBM's efforts to totally confuse an issue. So basically I agree with Cedric, mindful of the possibility that what is done at home could as easily be sent from home as something done from home. In conclusion, FROM precludes staying AT, but AT could go either way!
On Sun 31 Jan at 10:44pm Horseman7 wrote:
It's all down to vectors.
On Mon 1 Feb at 2:43pm Stephen Watson wrote:
It's quite simple, if you kow your traditional etiquette. An 'At Home' is, of course, a party - as in "Lord and Lady Muck will be At Home at at Muck Towers at such-and-such a time, RSVP". So a 'Working At Home' is a working party that takes place in your home. With sherry, champagne and canapes. obviously.
On Mon 1 Feb at 8:07pm Nevillman wrote:
I see Stephen. You are saying that if they'd said they were working at home rather than from home, obviously with sherry, champagne and canapes, then noone would mind. Good point.
On Mon 1 Feb at 11:19pm Tom Pain wrote:
Quite so. If Lord and Lady Muck are "from home" one may surmise that a cold buffet will be served and the champagne well iced at Nice Muque on the Ouse Riviera, but the only thing they'll be working on is their hangovers.
On Fri 12 Feb at 6:41pm IDM wrote:
To add some spice to the soup. I had always taken at to be contiguous with something. The bullet goes from the target towards the target. It is at the target when it becomes embedded in it. However, one could aim at the target.
At home depends on the meaning of work. Meaning unwelcome chore - I have a lot of work to do at home tomorrow, cleaning the windows and painting the ceiling.
On Thu 18 Feb at 1:55pm IDM wrote:
Ooops! "from the target" should be "from the gun".

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