3 answers to the Trials of working from home: UK Viral Dad
Well we’re very keen to see how people and their families are managing what is after all a global crisis and it does feel like a rather good time to check in with a family who rather captured hearts around the world just a couple of years ago after an interview went viral you will remember this professor Robert Kelley talking to BBC World News.
Back in 2017 when his children decided that they had a role to play in the interview that video was watched more than 36 million times it’s going to be watched to millions more or now I’ve reminded you all of it as well but let’s get over and join the Kelly family right now in Busan all of them there Robert, Marian, James, Kim and jong as well thank you very much for joining us.
1. Good to see you excited about being on telly that’s not the first time right junga? Can I just ask you first of all you have two wonderful lively children how do you cope with them, what you can do where you can go it’s very difficult to stay in the house for a long time.
Oh a little bit shirt no playground, try to borrow in from the people and a couple of times a week be higher you know this is just for yourself be trying to see the flower and trees and they can shouting scream inside of a tree right yeah you can get out a bit which is important because I imagine you all go stir-crazy if you couldn’t.
2. Robert in terms of the country I mean some of the measures taken by South Korea are what I guess a lot of Westerners would see quite soon as extreme, I mean people can track your every movement how well-received is that process.
I think South Koreans about dealt with it really well I think social compliance here has been pretty high you don’t see the kind of stuff that you’ve seen in the United States with many people refusing to stay off the subway stuff like that.
I mean South Koreans have actually really responded really well and that’s why the currents flattened ride him in the case sit down now it’s like 100 days so it’s actually been pretty successful. sorry, my kids, are you must never that’s one thing you can never apologize for now it’s been part of the scene. It isn’t what we expect but in a sense also we’re living in a world.
3. Robert, now we’re working from home that teleworking phenomenon is something we all have to deal with people see this they might have laughed and loved what they saw a couple of years ago they can empathize now this is a new way of working and I guess it’s transformational.
Yeah I mean it’s you see it’s very difficult then I put the Sun what our cube right then you know employers who have employees with kids like are very difficult I can be at beach bars after work is done, a day maybe really at this worksite I love, as for the kids, all the time they’ve got nothing to, do they’re climbing the walls.
It’s just really really funny right that’s why I’m glad so making up and a little bit because at least we can take them outside so they can use a little bit of their energy but every three weeks ago it was very very poor couldn’t go anywhere and you know there’re only so many games you can play in puzzles you can do before.
They just kind of you know absolute one around absolutely and it’s actually been quite busy and a lot of people will share that sense of let’s say challenge that we might call it, I do want to ask you one other question there about the region.
Really and within Asia I mean this is a part of the world that experienced SARS, South Korea, of course, being hit by MERS so how much has that played into a real understanding among Asians, among South Koreans, as to what this coronavirus can do because I think it’s been a slow burn in many other parts of the world.
Yeah I think that’s right I think so it’s had some experience with this you know mers, the Middle East respiratory syndrome just a few years ago I mean a lot of the things happen when you’re seeing again right, people wash their hands before they go into buildings and get checked and stuff like that right South Korean government has an infrastructure leftover from previous experiences.
These sorts of outbreaks and all that sort of kicked back in again in fact at the beginning when people thought that Coronavirus is just gonna be another one of these things, that we all kind of expected it would be a disruption for two or three weeks like the last one, four or five years ago and things would get back to normal, right so
I mean this is actually something we’ve experienced before and I think you see that institutional memory this time around yeah well and that obviously seems to have played pretty well within South Korea by and large as I see the numbers of cases still rising there.
Robert and junga and children thank you very much for giving us your time delighted to see that Marian and James have lost none of their none of their nileness to be quite frank. Great to see you all thanks very much for giving us your time thank you very much.
The full video interview to the Trials of working from home during coronavirus epidemic can be streamed here