For the longest time ever, there was one thing common to employee wish lists across the world: Work from home.
The 2019 State of Remote Work report, published by social media management platform Buffer, revealed that almost all respondents – a whopping 99 percent – wanted to “work remotely at least part of the time for the rest of their careers”. COVID-19 made this wish come true, with companies across the world opting for work for home, but remote working hasn’t been exactly what employees thought it would be.
For despite being at home all day, remote workers in the time of coronavirus face key challenges that can affect engagement, satisfaction, productivity, and mental health.
Working From Home
With the domestic space now also functioning as a workplace, it has become increasingly difficult to maintain a work-life balance. The lack of physical boundaries between the two otherwise separate environments impacts both the work as well as family dynamics. Experts have described this phenomena as “role blurring”, which is “the experience of confusion or difficulty in distinguishing one’s work from one’s family roles in a given setting in which these roles are seen as highly integrated, such as doing paid work at home”.