With the help of input from our LifeX community, we have put together some work from home tips for those living alone or in a shared apartment. We’ve also created an Ultimate Work From Home Guide as well which covers everything from home office design hacks, to remote work communication tips - check it out too!
Since it’s late in 2020 chances are you, or many people you know, have been working from home frequently this year. The coronavirus pandemic being the catalyst for this drastic shift to the home office. Remote work is not a new concept, before the pandemic about 9% of Europeans were working from home frequently. Currently, as a direct result of the pandemic, 40% of Europeans are working from home full time. Though it can be trying, It’s a privilege to work from home, and we have the utmost respect for the essential workers who have been saving lives and keeping the world running. 💪
Everyone hopes the pandemic will end quickly, and many experts believe there will be a lasting global shift in how we work in the future. So it suffices to say that we should get used to it being a part of our lives; though hopefully, as a ‘nice-to-have flexible option’ rather than because of government-mandated lockdowns.
Working from home comes with many benefits, flexibility being the most frequently mentioned. However, there are challenges as well such as loneliness, communication, and unplugging from work. The challenges are especially pronounced for those without remote work experience and for those living in places with very strict lockdowns (especially if they live alone). People had to adjust quickly and adapt to less social contact. There are both benefits and challenges to consider - we found some interesting stats that might help you weight them out. Whether you’re working from home because of the pandemic, or you’re a seasoned digital nomad, everyone can benefit from improving their work from home skills.
Focusing on connecting, communicating, and strengthening work-life boundaries is an excellent start. Hopefully this will keep the main challenges of remote work (loneliness, communication, and unplugging) at bay. These tips should help you to streamline your home office experience now and in the pandemic-free future.
With all these tips in mind, it’s important to remember what is in your control and what isn’t and most importantly to be kind to yourself. Most of us can’t quickly elevate office stressors, like difficult colleagues or micro-managing leaders, but we can control how we react to them. As a co-living company, one thing we can help with, is loneliness, living with others is a great way to feel more connected, and meet new people. Loneliness is a longstanding issue, especially for millennials, the lockdowns intensified this feeling but opened a very important dialogue. If you’re looking to boost your connectedness, and interested in living with others, you should try co-living!