By: Meet in Place content team.
Psychologist Maurits Kalff, expert of work culture, sheds light on the largest scale experiment in occupational psychology
The phrase ‘work from home coronavirus’ has reached its peak on google search in Mid March as companies like Google, Amazon, Linkedin and Facebook encouraged their employees to stop coming into the office. Soon after, online searches for desks, keyboards, microphones and other home office supplies spiked as this suggestion became mandatory, sending most employees to work from home.
How do you think this will affect our work habits?
“We can learn a lot about ourselves in the process and maybe even improve our overall well being. The more autonomy, freedom and self governance a worker has, the happier they are with their work. It’s very possible that many people will find that working from home actually worked really well for them. After this crisis, many workers may say to their employer ‘look, working from home went so well for me that I want to keep doing it, and I can come in for meetings twice a week“.
How will this experiment change the way we consider our daily tasks?
The new balance
Our concept of work-life balance is shifting. In a time when work has taken possession of our home, it’s getting increasingly harder to set clear boundaries let alone achieve balance between the two.
“We need to redefine what working from home means, this used to be a guilty pleasure, you would stay in your pajamas all day, sit on the couch and get a lot done, without interruption you could answer emails and work on presentations or spreadsheets while raiding the fridge. We need to redefine work from home, right now it is the new reality, and it often comes with isolation or irritation since we are often not working from home by ourselves. It is testing us in many different ways.”
Kalff suggest a few simple methods to try and reclaim balance in your life:
Work on a new routine
Write down 3 good things
Turn routines into rituals
Maurits Kalff is a psychologist and coach in central London. He is interested in the relationship between psychology and work. He also helps startups and small companies implement a mental health strategy and make that part of their company culture.
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