Working from a blessing or horror
During these times with Corona, the way we work has changed so much. I have talked to so many who are just in a different place. Work has changed everything from before this whole virus shut downtime.
I, for one, love the days with my husband at home. Having him there, within reach, is one of the best things in life. For us, it has been amazing.
I have talked to people in other countries who are also happy with the way things are. They have their husband or wife at home and not commuting to and from work. One woman told me that she gets to relax more because she is not all alone in everything during the day. She said lunch with children and husband every day was such a gift. Some find they are much more productive, not sitting in a large office with noise all around them. Whoever invented these big open offices are not thinking about how not all of us are working great in noise.
Some have discovered that they don’t even like the thought of going back to work. It is horrifying to think of traveling and work away from home.
I love hearing these stories, but there is another side to the story too.
Even though it is nice having people around at home, there is the working side. Those who get a lot more done have another problem. They often work both day and night. It might be that they have lunch with the family, but then they must go back to work.
One woman told me her husband works until 7 or even 10 at night and all day too. So he is more productive because he put in many more hours. He would usually come home at 5.30 and just be back and turn off work, but now he is online with emails, calls, and problems to solve until late at night and sometimes even working until midnight.
He checks his phone all the time, and never takes a break.
The sad part is it is not unusual at all. I hear this from a lot of people too. They want to show they are on top of things and then work round the clock.
It is a whole new level of stressing out employees and families. Do I think bosses are horrible and push their employees? Not really. I am sure some are, but most are not. I don’t think they know just how stressed these families are, and how much people work. If most of them said they are now offline and not working at night, I am sure most bosses would say nothing.
One woman I know had been teaching online 40+ hours a week and doing a great job when her boss told her as a part of a sentence because we are only working part-time these days. She was in chock because she had in no way been working part-time, but the communication as to what hours when had not been excellent, so both thought they were supposed to do differently.
I think one of the most important things to remember is that communication must be at the top of any list when working from home.
Another woman told me she had heard from her immediate boss, but nothing from the management of the company for more than two months. She had no idea what they were thinking or not thinking. The silence dumbfounded her because they were her guideline in the business.
Communication is vital in any relationship with another person, and that goes for business too. Without communication and relation, there is no way it can work to the fullest potential.
Have you changed the way you work?