Remote working has become increasingly popular since the coronavirus pandemic. The number of people working from home has gone up within the last five years, with now over 5% of the total workforce working remotely.
The Advantages and Limitations to Remote Working
- Remote workers show more positive attitudes towards their employing organisation, more organisational commitment, and say they have higher levels of job satisfaction and job-related wellbeing.
- Remote workers put in more effort, work longer days, and the intensity of each hour worked is higher for remote workers.
- Negative spill-over is higher for remote workers versus in-office employees.
How to Work Remotely and Promote Positive Well-being
Taking breaks can help prevent remote working burnout. Remembering to take a break here and there while working remotely can significantly improve mental wellness, decrease the chance of burnout, and increase productivity. And so, you have higher odds of staying motivated and productive by allowing yourself to take breaks throughout the workday.
Remote working does not have to mean more extensive and intensive work effort from you. With work being continuously accessible from home, many people feel the need to work constantly. To prevent this negative impact remote working can have on wellbeing, try to focus on the tasks you did accomplish each week and celebrate your wins; whilst focusing less on the tasks you did not accomplish or the tasks that still need to be completed.
Make sure your workspace at home is suitable for remote working and make it a space in which you will feel comfortable and productive. This can include setting up your workspace near a window, investing in a comfortable seat or a standing up desk, having a plant nearby, or organising your workspace with any items that will enhance your overall experience with working remotely.
This blog post was created with ❤️ by Moreh Jackson (Clinical Psychology)