Remote working: a venue for opportunists to not do work, full of distractions, blurring the line between work and personal life, feeling of isolation, logistic problems such as wifi and working space. etc.
Regardless of our views of remote working, it is something we should consider, with it’s advantages such as increasing productivity, improving work-life balance since no commute time, saves electricity and the need for larger working space etc.
That being said, life is complex. It’s not always black and white, bad and good. For the most part, it’s both! Utilising both will allow you to gain benefits from both sides while reducing the chances of negative implications.
So let’s find the middle ground! For me, this has happened recently. Having the option of working from home or the office, I was given the freedom to experiment and assess my productivity through both avenues. The best results for me?
Generally morning at the office and afternoon at home.
I work at the office, especially in the morning and when physical meetings are required. During these times, my brain can focus better and longer if I am in the office environment. The main reason is that the temptation to go back to sleep in the morning is very high regardless of my effective working space at home. But once i am in the zone, my attention span can last hours without a break. Furthermore, it gives me this sense of ‘actually’ entering the employment world: putting on my uniform, going to the office, and interacting with colleagues. Without this, it feels as if i am still studying during the pandemic.
At 1 pm? My brain starts to drift, and i can’t focus in that office environment. So. I went home. This is beneficial because i get to do my work at my own pace. The atmosphere helps with my short burst of focus. I focus and work for 20 minutes, lay down for 10 minutes, and work again for another 20 minutes. And the cycle repeats. This is particularly helpful for creative work such as writing an article because that 10 minutes spend laying down helps me ponder more and overall has the potential to improve my work!
To emphasise, moderation between the office and remote working allows me to reap the benefits of remote working while mitigating its potential disadvantages such as isolation (loss of sense of belonging and being part of a team), and blurring the line between life and personal life. For businesses, setting up a proper communication channel for remote working could help prevent opportunists from taking advantage.
Consequently, let’s open our minds, explore opportunities and assess their viability!