Is working from home really for everyone?

An article by Sandra Gouveia, Semco Style Institute Australia

 

IS WORKING FROM HOME REALLY FOR EVERYONE?

Considerations on Mental Health Taboos at Work

There are still many people who do not want to work from home.
Not every day. It’s not that they don’t want to work remotely; it’s just that they don’t want to work from home all the time.

Why? Because they need time off from their home life. It can sometimes be easy to draw lines between personal and professional life when working from home, and other times not. People were faced with the challenge/opportunity of working remotely when the pandemic began. For many people, this was their first experience working from home, and they were unprepared.

There are numerous advantages, but it can be challenging to focus when you do not have the best possible home environment. This results in working longer hours and added stress from juggling multiple responsibilities and spreading your attention across various things. When working from home it becomes increasingly hard to separate personal issues from your professional life.

What would you do if you suddenly had a mental breakdown during an online peer meeting?

  • Say you have a bad connection and leave?
  • Chat about your need to retrieve for a while and shortly explain you are dealing with a personal issue that you have failed to handle better?
  • Continue to participate in the call despite being visibly unwell and turn the participants’ attention towards you and what is causing you distress?

Is it possible that depending on the workplace culture your answer might be very different?

The fact is there is no correct answer. But one thing is certain: being vulnerable should be acceptable. Moreover, given the current situation, everyone is facing their own challenges when dealing with the COVID pandemic.

As we mentioned in our last article The War for Talent, it’s no wonder that many people are actually considering changing jobs or even careers. Many are the reasons: a change in priorities, feeling lack of support and safety from employers throughout the pandemic, a demand for better work culture, a need to adjust their job to suit lifestyle preferences, just to name a few.

Even though it has also been becoming increasingly hard for employees to set clear boundaries when working from and at home, these should be a priority and one of the first steps to take when creating a healthy work-life balance.

“I do not want to work from home and do not have a physical office. Where can I work from?”

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