Many employees and business owners alike have been working from home for years, thanks to developments in tech that make remote work possible. For a growing number of people, this is the norm. Now, amid the recent COVID-19 outbreak, most companies and their workers are following suit, raising the questions: Is working from home healthy for both physical and social aspects? does being in the home more help your marriage, or make things harder? Is this working arrangement a productive one?
Today we will try to answer these questions and give you some tips to improve your life quality during working from home.
Basically, the research suggests that the effect of working from home on marriage/family life is very subjective, depending on the type of work, the circumstances at home, and the personality and actions of the individual. The downsides or working from home are, If you work from home and your spouse does not, it can become very lonely and isolating since you rarely see anyone else during the day. WFH can also result in a smaller social network and less perceived social support. Besides, When working from home it is much easier for work-related stress to impact marital and family relationships, since both roles are happening in the same place, possibly at the same time. Moreover, Individuals who work from home often find it hard to relax and switch off from work, since the home environment and workspace are the same. This can make it hard to relax and connect with your spouse when at home. Finally, The blurred boundary between work and home can also lead to working longer hours. 50% of individuals who work from home said that their spouses complained that they work too much and that this negatively affected their relationship.
But how can we manage these downsides and still be productive at home?
- Take breaks
The most effective way for remote employees to stay productive, is taking scheduled breaks, try to to get up every so often during the workday, especially when you’re particularly drained or distracted, to grab a healthy snack, communicate with your family, do a quick house work or calling a friend. Many people find success using the Pomodoro Technique, which follows this method:
- Choose a task.
- Work on it for 25 minutes.
- Put a check mark on a sheet of paper after the 25 minutes are up.
- Take a five-minute break. (This marks the completion of one “Pomodoro” sprint.)
- After every four Pomodoro sprints, take a longer break.
- Continue this throughout the day until your workday is over.
Follow a schedule.
The second most popular way employees stay productive at home is having set work hours . Following a routine will help you feel more structured and efficient, and it will help keep your attention focused. Also keeping a free time for your family and spouse and give you the space to fulfill your social and physical needs.
- Keep a to-do list.
keeping a to-do list will help your productivity. Write down what you wish to accomplish each day so you are not jumping from assignment to assignment. That will decrease your stress level at home and will help your time management
More physical activity, more often
Create a ‘commute’, before you start work, go out for a brisk walk for at least 15 minutes. Take the dog for a walk or your child out to the local park. Walking increases your heart rate, kickstarts your metabolism and helps relieve stress. The ideal way to start your working day. Also, Don’t get too comfortable, set a timer or use your phone to prompt you to stand up at least every hour, have a dance and stretch your entire body. And finally, Invest in some simple exercise equipment, for example, resistance bands take up little space and are great alternatives to heavy weights; a stability ball provides an excellent tool to help build strength, balance and stability.
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The upsides of working from home..
Often WFH allows you to be more flexible in terms of hours worked, allowing you to find a good balance between work role and marriage/family roles. Working remotely requires the development of new skills and qualities such as good time management, self-motivation, autonomy and being able to set and work towards goals. Furthermore, Couples with children over 12 often reported that working from home improved their relationships with their kids
Q&A: Are you working from home due to current COVID-19 circumstances? If yes, share with us how to overcome the downsides of WFH.
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