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Struggles of the Remote Work life; are we working more than before due to WFH?

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The world went remote almost overnight once the pandemic hit. While remote work was something a lot of Americans adopted, with Silicon Valley as usual taking the lead, there was still the reluctance to go remote fulltime in other parts of the world.

The pandemic tousled everything around. There was nothing anybody could do about it. As the virus spread throughout the world, one country at a time, there was a lot of ambiguity on how to handle corporate interactions.

With such a sudden disruption, it definitely had a whiplash effect. Almost overnight the world was forced to go remote, an occurrence no one had predicted or anticipated. This was beyond anyone’s comprehension and anything anyone could have ever imagined.

So what happened after remote work became the mode of work?

The struggles everyone faced in coming to terms with the new terms and conditions.

Are we working more than before?

Time Management with Remote Work:

Are we really working more than before? Or working more hours? Do we have, what several termed it as, survivors’ guilt? Trying to overcompensate of retaining our jobs where countless others lost theirs?

If we get to the crux of it – most people who have felt burnt out due to “overworking” are more often than not simply unable to manage their times and tasks properly. This may be due to the fact that they are used to clocking in and clocking out at given time stamps. That being said, several companies have still noticed a notable spike in overall productivity.

So what is the actual problem and how do HR personnel tackle such things when they face these problems. More now than before?

One simple yet effective solution was to consciously take breaks. Be more deliberate about clocking in and out of work – no matter what time one starts and ends their tasks. CompanyCam included half days midweek to overcome Zoom fatigue and other such measures where brought in to mitigate the effects of overwork, burnouts and a new terminology “Zoom Fatigue”.

Socializing Remotely:

Yes, it is like an oxymoron, however, a lot of companies have made concerted efforts to have virtual events to engage employees.

Zoom and other platforms are used for activities other than work, so that employees have the chance of having their “water cooler conversations” and interactive sessions to keep isolation at bay.

Collaboration is key in such situations, in fact, over communication is what has kept confusion out of the loop.

Going Home while Working From Home:

So how do you “Go Home” when you are working from home? Like already shared, be deliberate about your actions and timings. Till you do not switch off, you are literally always on work mode. Something that has proven to cause high rate of burnouts and lower productivity. So it is obviously a loss to everyone around.

Less is More with Remote Work:

At the end of the day, it is not the number of hours put into your work, but the quality of tasks done that matters. Employers are now realizing the folly of the regimented 9 – 5 work life, which may have its own perks, but needs to be tweaked to suit today’s world better. Who had known, or predicted, that a pandemic would push remote life several years on? We are already living the “Future of Remote Work”. What goes on hence, is something everyone needs to figure out. We have done quite well the world over, alas, a lot more needs to be done. But then need is the mother of all inventions right?


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