Working from Home
Updated: Apr 15
It's the year 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic has hit globally, many people have found themselves uprooted from their usual daily commuting to work, office banters, Xmas do's, friendships but mostly the face-to-face human contact! When the UK went into their first lockdown our routines suddenly changed, so did our sense of space as our worlds shrunk to the confines of our homes. It also messed with our sense of time, with the monotony of our days making them feel longer. Instead of sitting through tedious boardroom meetings or labouring over lengthy tasks in our manager’s line of breathing down our neck many of us found ourselves working more flexibly, juggling between tasks at a faster rate thanks to the sudden merging of our work and home lives and the increased autonomy it affords us, thank you ZOOM!
Studies have indicated that during periods of ongoing stress and anxiety, the brain’s prefrontal cortex (responsible for our ability to focus on tasks) is significantly weakened. But a recent report from the American management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group found that 75% of employees reported being able to maintain or even improve productivity levels in certain tasks during the first months of the pandemic.
Jane Piper, an organisational psychologist and business coach, thinks there are significant benefits to our new way of doing things. “People are more in control of their working day now, and we perform better when we have autonomy. Our days are more flexible to better integrate work and home lives, which leads to an increase in productivity and reduction in stress,” she says. Taking responsibility for our own schedules also means there is likely to be a reduction in presenteeism, with employees no longer putting in unnecessary “face time” just to show that they’re working. “Working from home means managers have to trust people to do the work, even when they can’t see them,” says Piper. “It changes the question from: ‘Were they present at their desk?’ to ‘Did they produce what was required by the deadline?’ A real upside of the new working landscape is what we deliver, rather than when we deliver.”
A study by the University of California states that it takes the average person 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back ‘in the zone’ once disrupted, she says. “For some, working from home means less distractions in terms of colleagues or unnecessary meetings, which enables us to be much more productive.” Though, of course, others might fall into the unluckier bracket of domestic distractions, with children storming their 10am brainstorm or neighbours renovating their kitchen.
So tell me how you find the shifting from train packed community journey to leisureing shuffling thorough your living room in your slippers while holding a cup of hot coffee -freshly home made no Starbucky brand - gazing through your emails and setting the pace of your new office workday.
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