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Poll: Generally, how many people are there in your (home) office or workplace while you work?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Generally, how many people are there in your (home) office or workplace while you work?".

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Angeliki Papadopoulou  Identity Verified
Greece
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It varies... Apr 13, 2009

... as my office is in the family home, so it can range from nobody (+dog) to two (+dog)!

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Noni Gilbert
Spain
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Concentration Apr 13, 2009

This reminds me of another poll about what kind of music, if any, we like to listen to while working. The number and nature of people around me do affect my ability to concentrate (work colleagues can be persuaded to pipe down, but no so the children and my husband's football on TV when I have to work at home).

But I have learnt over the years to be able to eliminate, within limits, surrounding noise, even without the use of headphones which I sometimes resort to. The problem is at work that I want to keep my ear to the ground too to keep tabs on what is going on (the boss speaking here!) Multi-tasking as usual.....


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xxxwonita
China
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Depends on the school hours of the kids Apr 13, 2009

In the morning I am mostly alone in my home office. My younger daughter, who visits a primary school, comes home between 11:30 and 13:15; the elder one finishes school between 13:00 and 15:00.

I find it difficult to work with the kids around, though they are mostly busy with their own stuff. Lately I had a tough deadline for an urgent job, and the kids kept on quarrelling with each other for nothing (in my opinion). Out of desperation I smashed a few dishes; the kids were quiet for a few seconds before they rushed to call their daddy.

No rush job please!


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Andrea Riffo  Identity Verified
Chile
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Just me Apr 13, 2009

+ cat

Greetings


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Alice Bootman  Identity Verified
Bolivia
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Me + husband Apr 13, 2009

My husband and I both work from home, so we share an office in the house. We have our computers set up facing each other so we can occasionally consult with each other and see each other while we're working. It's nice.
Then sometimes it is me + 3, when our twin toddlers get away from the nanny and run into the office to find Mommy and Daddy.


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Barbara Cochran, MFA  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:58
Spanish to English
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1-100's Apr 13, 2009

If I work at home, where I live alone, on my desktop, there is just me (1). If I work in coffee houses where they have wireless Internet for my laptop, there could be up to about 25 people surrounding me. When I work in a public or college library on my laptop, there could be upwards of 100 people on the premises.

I like to get out of the house, get fresh air and exercise by walking across college campses and over sidewalks, that is, when I'm not doing a lengthy book translation, from 7 in the morning till 10 at night, 3-6 weeks straight, at home on my desktop.



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andres-larsen
Venezuela
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more than 8 people during the day Apr 13, 2009

more than 8 people during the day and nobody else in the evenings

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xxx*translator
Local time: 00:58
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0-1 Apr 13, 2009

Hello,

I live with my parents but I have my room so, I usually am alone when I am working, especially until lunch time (in my home 16.00) when my brother comes home, and usually in the afternoons or in the evenings plays on the computer in my room.
But am used to it, and he doesn't bothers me at ll. Actually, I think that it would be bother me if I there were more than 4 people in the room where I work.

Greetings from Macedonia !!!
Elena.


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Caro Maucher  Identity Verified
Germany
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Just me Apr 13, 2009

and the two cats, when they feel like a little company.

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linguistpt
United States
English to Portuguese
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2+2 Apr 14, 2009

In my case, 2 people and two dogs!!

The dogs are great... they show me some love every 5 minutes!!


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Alexandra Goldburt
Local time: 15:58
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One cats, two cats... eight! Apr 14, 2009

Let's see here... Ariffo has one cat, Caro has two...

... and I have eight of them! (Plus my youngest daughter...)

Of course, it's rare that they are all at home - they are mostly outside during the day, hunting lizards and grasshoppers or climbing trees. Cats, I mean, as my daughter grew out of lizard-hunting, but might occasionally climb a tree...


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Imran Noor  Identity Verified
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Generally, how many people are there in your (home) office or workplace while you work? Apr 14, 2009

I need to be alone usually to spend less time translating documents, or to deliver on time, besides I'm a freelancer & work alone.

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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We would drive each other mad! Apr 14, 2009

AliceBootman wrote:

My husband and I both work from home, so we share an office in the house. We have our computers set up facing each other so we can occasionally consult with each other and see each other while we're working. It's nice.
Then sometimes it is me + 3, when our twin toddlers get away from the nanny and run into the office to find Mommy and Daddy.


My husband works at home too. At the other end of the house, a long way away. He is constantly on the phone or talking to himself. Working in the same room would drive us both to distraction.

Otherwise, I only really attempt working when the children are out or asleep. Anything else is futile!


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Sam21
Egypt
Local time: 01:58
Arabic to English
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Right decision not to marry :-) Apr 14, 2009

Home alone, and overcrowded at work with programmers. I enjoyed my self company for one week only, but now the good old days are gone, and I have to stay with the developers. I thought it would be out of nature that I would like to stay alone ...

The good golden rule that really grasped my attention here, esp. from Mary Worby, is never to marry. I have to work sometimes with older freelance translators, who are married too, and just like you, and such a great noise you have to deal with while working. More important perhaps than their feedbacks and proofreading was that invisible lesson I learned ... "Marriage! Danger ... Keep out!"
I am ... so far.


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