Balancing act: How to lead remote work and life

Digital platforms of opinion such as YouGov and Miro surveyed about 1000 people and they asked how they feel about this new remote -and sometimes unsteady- work environment. The questions were about wellness, engagement, and relationships. Their answers gave us a look at what the post-pandemic world will be like.

Learned benefits of remote work

This newfound liberty that allows us to stay closer to the people who matter to us, has thrown many revelations about the workforce. First, how important are our relationships and the role they play in our happiness. Once the planet opens its oyster again, these relationships will continue to number 1 on any worker’s list.

Nearly 50% of the workers surveyed said that the principal reason they accepted to relocate or work from home permanently is for “to be closer to family” or “starting a one”. These wishes have become a major factor to maintain sanity amid uncertainty.

If something positive has given the pandemic is that personal relationships have gotten better in this circumstance. At these tough times, a healthy social structure outside of work can combat the stress and fatigue originating from the workplace. 

In a “normal day” filled with virtual meetings, the interaction with romantic partners has improved by 40%; the interaction with friends has improved by 30% and the interaction with children has improved by 44%. In the professional field, the relationships with bosses have been enhanced by 28% while with teammates has been enhanced by 25%, making the transition to remote work more simple. 

These figures are shocking, considering that people have spent more time working during the COVID than before.

The disadvantages of remote work

With these insights also has emerged another highlight fact: burnout. People are choosing to live their work-life from home and maintaining the balance will be extremely crucial. Nearly 45% of workers experienced an unwelcome workload during the last year. With the need to maintain a business afloat, the team scatters and as a consequence works more than normal.

Workers have more time by not having to commute to the office… but the time saved in transportation they inverte in working hours. A study made by the Oracle technology corporation found that 35% of people are working more than 40 hours every month and 25% are exhausted from overwork. Not only that, but 7 of every 10 employees work on weekends and above the established 8 hours a day.

Alike, a poor morning routine breaks the work-life balance. A third of the average person wakes up and almost immediately begins to work, without an appropriate breakfast, a complete workout, or a calm meditation.

Regarding mental health, this has become a challenge. Half of remote workers feel anxious to stand with their companies without communicating in person. 20% are worried about their colleagues perceiving them as unqualified professionals while 25% say they have questioned their achievements to the moment.

Make the work from home… work!

In the workplace, take advantage of virtual events related to people outside your team. Not having to be a formal event, it could be a casual Zoom meeting, without an agenda. If your company plans to return to a physical space, they can still gamble on a hybrid model to allow you to spend more time with your family. For example, Citigroup will allow workers to spend two days a week at home working from a distance. 

At eSmart Recycling, we are very conscious of the importance of making a balance between personal life and work life. It’s necessary to set boundaries and in certain moments we disconnect. Spend quality time with your loved ones, take comprehensive care of your health and enjoy t

Also, set normative with your mates about the schedule in that you will be reachable like: after 18:00, not responding to phone calls of work. These types of decisions send a clear message to your team about how important it is to you to manage your life.

Remote work will not go anywhere. Give it a welcome home.


The balancing act: what we’ve learned from one year of working from home

Carmen María Cermeño
Carmen María Cermeño

Journalist/ Digital Curator

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