This pandemic has changed the work routine of many employees and forced to work remotely. Yes, it has been a welcome change for many but for some, it has become even more stressful. Let’s find out why and how you can deal with this sudden change of work routine.
Challenges of WFH Workers
1. Managing more workload. For example, if their usual work was to finish 2 to 3 tasks a day, they are now being asked to do additional tasks and advised to work outside of work hours (like on weekends).
2. No good working space. Not all employees have a spare room to convert as an office. Many WFH employees work at their dining table where they usually eat or in front of the television where everyone else is watching.
3. Separating work time from personal time. During work hours, they also need to do some home duties like cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, taking care of the kids and other activities.
4. No specific work time. Some of the companies do not require their employees to work more than 8 hours. But, some workers are obliged to do their job even after regular working hours because of their “utang na loob” to the company or the fear to lose their job and may not be able to find one immediately.
5. More distractions at home. Parents working remotely know this very well. Your kids may be playing at your own workspace at home. They may need something that needs your full attention, change of diaper or feeding time.
Overcoming the Challenges
Let’s stop your ‘tiresome’ working set up. Here are some of the ways to overcome WFH challenges~
- Have a separate work space. This space should be away from all the noise, if possible with ample space, proper lighting and ventilation so you’ll feel comfortable and do your job well.
- Set boundaries. Let your family members know that you need to be in your work space during specific times of the day, and that you must not be disturbed.
- Work in your regular working hours. Treat your work from home set up like a regular day at work. If you check emails at 9am, and submit your reports at 4pm in the afternoon, just follow the same schedule.
- Take your break. If you follow the same work routine as if you are working from your office, do the same thing with your breaks, if it’s time for a 15 minute break, have a break. Complete your lunch break, and have it at the scheduled time.
- Connect with people in your organization. You don’t have to isolate yourself from the world, use technology to interact with your co-workers through messaging or video chat. If there is an online meeting, be on time and try to interact as much as possible.
- Rest if you need to. There may be times when you are under the weather and don’t feel you can deliver. Let your boss know about the situation and rest for the day, you don’t have to force yourself to finish your task if you are sick.
- Stay positive. It may not be easy for many to stay positive especially when you are constantly reminded of the present health crisis and other things happening around. Focus on the good things in life and be thankful for what you have. You may consult your boss, or contact a close friend and talk about the good things in life.
- Pamper yourself. Aside from taking your usual breaks, you need to have a good time at home, buy your favorite ice cream, or have a foot spa at home.
- Have fun. Don’t think about work all the time, take a break, watch a great movie, sing on your karaoke or even have a few drinks if you like.
Remember that you are still in control of what you can do in this time of pandemic, and the best part is working at the comfort of your home with your loved ones beside you.
Let’s start embracing the change.