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When the Covid-19 pandemic first hit, and a vast majority of the population was given the ‘stay at home’ order by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. At the beginning and on the surface, the transition to enforced working from home which begun last year initially (and on its surface) allowed for much-needed flexibility for professional workers who were able to work from home during the COVID-19 crisis and shown that a remote workforce can continue working productively. However, the quieter demons and negative aspects of the experience such as loneliness and low mental health, lack of collaboration, and overall burnout have emerged and continue to emerge as the ‘work from home’ saga goes on.
“The concept of the ‘office’ has been recently shown to actually be a healthy one, which was until recently, fairly unknown. The ‘9 to 5’ working day and separate environment for work allows for a work-life balance,” says Adam Nelson, a writer from OXEssays and UKWritings. The separate environment allows for a division between work life and home life that has not been viable during the Covid-19 pandemic. Studies have shown that working from home over the last year has led to longer hours, longer meetings, and spending more time using online and social media communication channels.
In a Los Angeles survey conducted this year, over sixty percent of professionals now working at home due to Covid-19 confessed that they do at least some work almost every weekend. In addition to this, 45 percent of Los Angeles remote workers say they now work more hours during the week than prior to the pandemic. This survey also discovered that parents who now worked remotely were actually more likely to work weekends and longer days than those surveyed without children.
“Though the thought of remote work was expected to provide flexibility to workers during the pandemic, it has in reality made disconnecting from work almost impossible,” explains Ian Jackson, an HR manager at Studydemic and Via Writing. The downside to an entire company’s operation being able to function online and through communication channels such as Zoom and Google Meets, is that the only way to completely avoid work is to turn your phone off (something that rarely happens in our social media charged day and age).
NordVPN Teams, a New York VPN company has noted that, “Remote working has led to a two and a half hour increase in each average working day”. For example, in…
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