Are you overcompensating for sweat work by working around the clock? Here's how to capitalize on your newfound flexibility and eliminate your work-from-home (WFH) debt.
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It's probably no surprise that 88% of companies have encouraged or asked their employees to work from home due to the pandemic. Unexpectedly, working from home can make you feel guilty. The guilt of home causes some employees' feelings to turn into negative feelings about themselves, and some even to doubt their performance.
COVID has blurred the lines between our personal and professional lives and has resulted in the two worlds colliding on a daily basis, which leads to friction losses when it comes to competing requirements: homeschooling, parenting, work, time with family, spending time with significant other and taking care of yourself .
According to the New York Post and a poll of 2,000 Americans:
– 29% do not take any meal breaks during the working day
– 6 out of 10 feel guilty about taking a break during working hours (even when it comes to caring for their children or themselves)
– 66% are constantly worried about their productivity and are afraid of losing their job
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Navigating through the competing requirements leaves some to fear that managers believe that employees are not working during the day. As the guilt creeps in, employees work longer to counteract the negative feelings. However, it creates a vicious circle. It undermines employee performance, morale, and creates conflict in the home of some.
Here are four tips to help you understand why you really don't need to feel guilty.
You are more productive than you think
Studies show that people who work from home are 47% more productive and that working from home increases productivity by 13%. The growth in performance was attributed to employees being able to:
Have more calls and meetings per day. Increased focus in a quieter, more comfortable work environment. Take fewer breaks and sick days
Working from home has become easier and communication software has improved. Surveys conducted over the past few months show that working from home leads to faster project completion and increases efficiency and productivity.
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You are likely to save your employer money
U.S. employers will save over $ 30 billion a day on remote working during the pandemic. Each and every employer saves about $ 11,000 a year for each person who works remotely half the time. Organizations will continue to rely on virtual conferences to host meetings and seminars that would have been in person. The bottom line is that business leaders are questioning the need for expensive business travel that would have required hotel stays and a daily rate.
Work from home can stay here
It is unpredictable when the coronavirus pandemic will end. Teleworking statistics therefore show that 38% of companies believe that remote working policies will remain in place over the long term or even permanently.
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You save the earth
Remote workers could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 54 tons annually – an feat that puts nearly 10 million cars off the road. Another advantage is that the employees use the additional time for self-care and exercise without commuting. Regular exercise has been shown to have a positive effect on mental and physical health and leads to a reduction in stress. Those who work from home report that they exercise 30 minutes longer during the work week.
To sum up, working from home is likely to be a more productive work environment than the typical office, which can help you achieve a better work-life balance. Supporting your mental and physical health is something your employer likely wants, and therefore should never be something you feel guilty about.