When lockdown happened in the UK, so many of us were faced with finding a new routine, which included working from home. As someone who has always worked in an office environment with others, I wasn’t sure how I felt about working from home everyday.
The first few weeks of working from home for me were great and I really enjoyed it. I felt less pressured and definitely did not work any later than my contracted hours, unlike being in the office where I would go in early and leave late most evenings. I haven’t missed the commuting to and from work. I don’t have the longest drive, but it’s so nice not to be stuck in rush hour traffic when I have done a whole day at work.
Fast forward to week 10 of working from home, and for me, things have changed a lot. My productivity and motivation have dramatically decreased. I am really struggling to concentrate on working for more than a couple of hours at a time. I have been struggling with tension and pain in my neck and shoulders, which I think is due to not having a proper desk area, like I have in the office.
I am very much a ‘people person’ and I always feel more energised and productive when I am surrounded by my colleagues. I regularly keep in contact with my colleagues to discuss work projects, but it isn’t the same as being in the office and having those 5 minutes of crazy random chats and laughs when things are a bit stressy and busy.
For me, working from home was a necessity we all have had to do. I have enjoyed not having to drive every day to and from work and feeling under less pressure to get things done as quickly as I would under normal circumstances. However, I have struggled in keeping productive and motivated without my colleagues around me. I don’t yet know when me and the rest of our team will be returning to work in the office, so for now, working from home will be the new normal for me.
The idea of working from home full-time once lockdown is over is not something that I would enjoy. I can see the benefits of working from home in providing a better work/life balance but would love to see companies offering a more flexible way of working, maybe even the option of working remotely one day a week. I think this would be a great option in working towards providing a happier and healthier work/life balance.