One of the most significant changes to our professional lives this year has been the increase in home working. While some people have enjoyed the benefits (no early morning commute, more family time, no need to dress for work - well maybe the top half!), many have found working from home more challenging especially as we head in for #lockdownpart2 in the winter months with shorter days. However, there are many things you can control to make it a more positive experience and to improve your personal wellbeing as a priority. The main aim is to stay sane and keep a healthy body and mind.
Research by the United Nations International Labour Organisation shows that although employees are more productive when working outside the office, they are also likely to work longer hours. Homeworkers also work at a more intense pace and often have to deal with family and domestic issues alongside their professional challenges.
Of course, home workers are not alone in suffering from extra work pressure and stress but we have found that many staff members have been keen to return to the office to ease some of the loneliness and have some good old office banter and camaraderie that is sadly missed when at home. Interestingly it's not just our sales team that fires off one another, as members within our support team also benefit with better problem solving working together than when working from home. They are more likely to ask someone sitting near them to help rather than pick up the phone to them and feel like they are disturbing someone at home.
Here are some simple tips to stay sane, whether you are working from home or in an office:
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