Remote Working

How’s remote work affecting us?

Are you tired of staring at the same four walls each day? Feeling less connected to people? Struggling to switch off at the end of the workday?

Well, congratulations, you have officially got a membership to the not-so-exclusive work-from-home club. You can join the other 80% of people that believe that working from home has negatively impacted their mental health (Nuffield Health, 2020).

Remote WORKING: THE STRUGGLE IS REAL

For many, the past year has been a huge alteration that has not just changed their work life, but their home life too. 34% of people said they are struggling to separate their work and home life (Nuffield Health,2020). Perhaps stronger locks on the office door are in order to prevent the kids from getting in or the laptop from getting out?!

But for some, it goes further than just working a little late. 25% of people have said they are struggling with the isolation and the loneliness that seems to accompany home working (Nuffield Health, 2020).

80% of people feel that working from home negatively affected their mental health

Perhaps they live alone and were told to stay at home for almost a year, having only their own company to entertain them? Or perhaps they live with a vulnerable person, so they had to be extra cautious about who they saw outside of the home? Either way, we can barely begin to imagine the struggle.

REMOTE WORK AND RELATIONSHIPS

34% of people said that being at home so much was placing a strain on their relationships, including with their children. The difficulty of working full-time, whilst trying to balance the needs of your children is a hardship that many have had to face, particularly with the added bonus of homeschooling. It’s a struggle that is bound to take a toll on the relationships built in the home environment.

34% of people thought that working from home resulted in a strain on their relationship

Perhaps, more than just 34% of home workers should have been offered some support from their employers (RSPH, 2021), to help them navigate these challenges? But despite the disturbed sleep, disconnectedness, and loneliness, 74% of people said they would like to split their time between the office and home (RSPH,2021).

Perhaps that little bit of extra time with family and the significantly shorter commute has been a blessing for many after all!

References

Nuffieldhealth.com. 2021. Mental health impact of remote working | Nuffield Health

Rsph.org.uk. 2021. Survey reveals the mental and physical health impacts of home working during Covid-19