Since the Covid-19 pandemic has struck, it has made the lives of every working person across the globe uncertain and abrupt. Millions had to shift from working in an office to working remotely from home. Thankfully, the work-from-home option has been overwhelmingly successful because of many HRMS Software.
There are undoubtedly a number of benefits of working from home. Maximum employees are now saying that they want to continue working from home post-pandemic as well as their productivity has increased way more.
It’s all well and good if their companies agree to it too, but what about the consequences of mixing work-life with office-life? There is an inevitable need to take care of the mental health of employees as they are more and more combining their office and home lives.
Some rules can be followed religiously while working remotely from home, to ensure that the mental and emotional health of the workers is accustomed to this life.
We have amalgamated some ways through which this can be achieved, such as-
Adjusting to the New Normal-
Before the pandemic struck, remote work was usually a culture followed internationally more. People who chose it did it knowing that it would work out the best for them. They might have already organized a home office, away from distractions, to concentrate on their work. Choosing to do something and not having an option but to it are different.
With people forced to working remotely, lots of adjustments had to be made to adjust to maintain a work-life balance. But shockingly, maximum people have gotten used to the new grind within no time. Surely, there is the question of staying isolated, not meeting colleagues, friends, and family for a long time.
But with time, people have gotten used to this too. Managing office from home has now become the new normal, and the employees wouldn’t have it any other way.
Maintaining Mental health-
A lot of employees have reported that they are enjoying working remotely and that their work-life balance has now been restored. Having said that, they also feel more burned out than they used to before the pandemic. When you work in an office, you know where to draw the line and finish your work and go home and relax.
But with the working from home scenario, people end up working longer hours than they used to and this has disrupted their mental health to an extent. Even the employers feel that since the employees are working from home comfortably, they expect them to be available at all times, which is not fair.
The employees also can’t say no as they have the guilt that their commute time and money are getting saved, hence feel they have to reply at all times and be available. Even though this is increasing their productivity, but it degrading their mental health as they don’t have any time left to rejuvenate and relax.
Thus, a time-line should be created, just like an office, where the employees should work in that given amount of time, and should not be expected to be present after that.
Create work-life balance-
Finding the perfect balance should be everyone’s priority as no one knows when the wave of the pandemic is going to end. You can follow certain rules to ensure you are productive without hampering your mental and emotional state. Create boundaries and ask your employers to do the same.
Keep a regular time-table according to which you give enough time to your work, but invest in yourself too. Read, watch movies, do whatever makes you happy, and helps your mind to relax. Don’t forget to interact with your friends and colleagues regularly. Keep sharing your thoughts and personal fears and anxieties. This will help you in realising that you’re not alone.
Keep taking breaks-
You have to make sure that you don’t end up working continuously throughout the day. Take small breaks, get fresh air, exercise. Your body needs care too. Avoid watching the news or keep it to a minimum. Reading news on the pandemic every day can increase your anxiety levels and bring negativity.
Working remotely has its fair share of advantages. It is very important to maintain a healthy work-life balance to contribute meaningfully and productively to your work, without hampering your personal life.
Ritik Singh writes about HR software in India, cloud, and enterprise technology. A dynamic content writer who writes for Pocket HRMS, a leading provider of cloud-based HR software with inbuilt AI-powered HR Chatbot (smHRty) to small and mid-sized businesses across India.