Okay, so first and foremost if you have a job that is paying you on time especially during a situation like this, then be grateful. There are many people out there who are unfortunate and have lost their jobs either due to staff cut downs or simply because their job profile doesn’t imply working from home. Your office chair is now your couch, the commute is the length of your hallway, and snack-drawer is your entire pantry. A dream we all once imagined. However, these days when we’re all learning how to live with the reality of coronavirus, work-from-home jobs are very much a reality. The concept of Work From Home, even though old, had never been considered much by companies up until this year. With the ongoing crisis, the majority of the companies that can, are turning to adapt the work from home mode permanently. It means, increases in productivity and delivering results from employees. It also means even more stress and pressure on employees. It will get difficult for employees to differ from personal life and work life. And maintaining this balance is quite essential to have a healthy mind and a peaceful lifestyle. Humans are social creatures, and working without seeing anyone can make employees feel cut off. Remote working can also cause anxiety. We do need to move along with the fast-paced city life, advancements, and constant changes, but also need to maintain our sanity in the process. Working from home can be taxing, especially for parents, and the traditional work way is feasible for them to balance their life.
Unfortunately, this is the “New Normal” that we have to get used to sooner or later. Due to these changes, employees have to adjust now also to pay cuts, which has shaken their financial accountings.
So while you’re cooped up and swamped with work,
• Make sure to set a time table for yourself.
• Take timely breaks just like you would in an office environment.
• Create your daily task list to help you better schedule your day.
Working from home has Pros and Cons. But I would like to focus more on the Pros, as having a positive approach to this situation is the best we can look forward. Few of them are :
1. You are Independent and can stay in your comfy Pajama’s.
2. Your Travel time to and fro is saved, reducing tiredness.
3. You save on your energy of traveling in the crowded trains during the peak hours.
4. Working from home means you’ll learn to rely on self-motivation, self-discipline, focus, and concentration.
5. You can get more work done, as long as you don’t get distracted or get lazy.
6. Your communication will improve, as you have to put your best and convincing words forward.
The best part, You don’t have to travel during the Rains and worry about road blocks, floods or getting wet. You can enjoy the weather from the comfort of your home, while working.
Also, a few tips to help you adjust better to this new normal :
1. Dress professionally when attending a meeting, as it will help boost ideas and creativity.
2. Be respectful, prompt, and punctual while sending replies to emails.
3. Regularly check-in with your team/update your manager on the tasks at hand or upcoming.
By entering into a sudden work from home situation with the right mindset, knowing you may be putting in more effort than before – you can do a great job and enjoy the benefits that go along with it.