Work-from Home or Overwork from Home?
Work from home isn’t a new concept at all. Remote employment has been in the working sector for quiet some years now, but never had it been implemented of such a vast extent. The pandemic definitely gave working population a chance to spend more time with their families. But there certainly are some side effects of the work from home culture which are evident amongst the working population.
Working from office has its own perks as well as cons. An office offers employees a cubical, a table or a cabin with all the necessary infrastructure already in place. On the other hand employees find it difficult to manage work at home in the limited means available. Especially the once who had to make the transition on a short notice are struggling the most.
Constant Family Distractions.
Spending time with family is fun, having to work with a full house can sometimes be crazy! Work from home employees face constant disturbance while working from home. Employees having kids need to look after their children due to the closure of schools, along with managing daily work. Separating work from personal life has become a challenge with the blurred lines between professional and personal life.
Lack of Proper Professional Communication.
Previously there was a free-flow of professional communication, when maximum work took place under one single roof. Approaching colleagues and superiors for any matter was easy and hassle free. Online working has hampered this free flow of communication and made it a bit difficult to manage team work and internal communication. Special applications are been used to ease the conversation and redevelop the previous flow, these apps and websites provide the necessary contact between workers but the personal touch is still missing.
Being home all day apart from co-workers and in-general professional atmosphere, has resulted in loneliness in the working class. The little chit-chat with the colleagues was an energy booster for the workers. A small coffee and lunch break with the co-workers would fuel the employees to work better. Remote work lacks all this. Workers may be able to work flexibly to some extent, but the loneliness shifts the focus from work, degrading the employee’s work quality.
Stress and anxiety.
Constantly juggling between work and home causes stress and anxiety. Work from home employees are having a hard time managing their work and home schedules. The need to be prepared to attend any work related commitment. Due to the daily time saved in commute, working hours have increased stressing the employees even more.
The extended lockdown is having a drastic backlash on the employees’ mental as well as physical health. To know how to easily overcome all these struggles and have a successful work from home experience stay tuned for the second blog of the work from home series. Let us know what are your thoughts and experiences of remote work are. Like share and comment.