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BBC News 26 Mar 2020

Viral dad on the trials of working from home

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Families across the world are having to spend more time at home to try to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The BBC spoke to Professor Robert Kelly and his wife, Jung-a Kim to ask them about the lockdown in South Korea with children Marion and James.

The family became a global hit in 2017 when Prof Kelly's children gatecrashed a live interview he was doing with the British broadcaster.


Social distancing regulations to combat the coronavirus outbreak are forcing millions of Americans to work remotely. However the trend of working at home has been on the rise of a while, with regular work at home growing 173 percent since 2005 according to Global Workplace Analytics. Global Workplace Analytics found that companies save an average of $11,000 per year per employee who works remotely part-time. While research indicates the best work from home system requires 2-3 days in the office and 2-3 days at home, can employees still be productive during this outbreak? CNBC examines if the U.S. can still be productive while working from home.
As more and more people work from home, we revisit perhaps the greatest working from home moment ever. It happened in 2017. A professor named Robert Kelly was doing a remote interview with the BBC. It was supposed to be a serious interview. But his kids had other ideas. First, his 4-year-old daughter barged into the room. Then, his 9-month-old joined the party. Finally, Kelly's wife ran in to retrieve the little ones.
Psychiatrist Dr. Adriana Wilson says isolation, working with new technology and looking after children are among the challenges many Canadians who are now working from home are facing. 



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