WFH Series — Misconceptions About Home Office Debunked

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With a large part of the workforce going remote, the theory that productivity will be boosted will be truly put to the test. As mentioned previously in this series, working from home is not just copying the work environment into your home.

Replicating office behavior can reverse many of the benefits of remote working, so in this post, we want to address a few key misconceptions about the home office to help you get the most out of this new reality.

Let’s start again with the facts. Working from home can be amazing- in fact, a PGI survey revealed 82% of respondents reported lower stress levels as the graphs below highlight. Likewise, another report confirmed the obvious fact that overhead costs are greatly reduced for businesses where a large part of the team works remotely (even if intermittently).

With all this good news attached to remote working, why are there myths to debunk in this post? The answer is that remote work is not one-size-fits-all. Making it work for you doesn’t mean it will work for your colleague or your neighbour. In fact, if handled incorrectly remote working can lead to physical, mental, and social problems.

More calls but don’t overload

Stop right there. It is essential to stay connected to your team regularly throughout the day but this doesn’t always have to be on a call. Make sure to block time on your calendar for focus work, or to limit the number of calls per day. Even better…try to only agree to those meetings you feel will help you move forward, not waste most of your day on calls. Being on video repeatedly can be exhausting so be strict with when and why you call.

Freedom but be responsible

Be responsible and take steps to be in control of your day. Whether it’s mixing up the clothes you wear, setting alarms, working from a dedicated table or any other hack, it’s important to know yourself and find the path to productivity. Don’t let work from home become an endless cycle of blurry days.

Less stress but be mindful of mental health

Measuring your own success doesn’t just mean productivity. Are you coping with work? Are you happy? Are you getting tired? All these questions and more are part of the reality of working from home and even a social distancing future. Learn your strengths and weaknesses — you’ll thank yourself over time.

So there you have it, a few common myths about working from home debunked. Remote work is truly a key part of the future of our professional lives, so now is the time to learn to do it well. Take time to find out what tools and practices work best for you, and remember that routines can be optimized over time.

Stay safe, stay productive and stay healthy!