If you used to feel jealous of friends who work from home full time, now is when you get to walk a mile in their shoes (as long as you do it indoors). Here are some helpful insights into how to stay productive and adapt to this ‘new normal’ without going stir-crazy.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave, in the ocean, on another planet, you may have heard about this little thing called Coronavirus or COVID-19. Over the last couple of months, COVID-19 has begun to disrupt all of our lives. One unexpected consequence is that we’re now taking part in the largest work-from-home experiment humanity has ever seen.
If you used to feel jealous of friends who work from home full time, now is when you get to walk a mile in their shoes (as long as you do it indoors). The good news is that there are a lot of upsides to working from home, even if you’re being forced to. For example, you can say goodbye to long commutes. Now the office is just a few steps away.
Right now, we’re all on the same boat, so we want to help out. Many members of our team have been working at home for a long time, so we can offer some unique insights into how to stay productive and adapt to this ‘new normal’ without going stir-crazy. Let’s get right to it!
Why Remote Work May Become the New Normal
Remote work is hardly a new concept. Telecommuting has been a thing for decades (seriously), even if it’s only now that a lot of employers are beginning to embrace it more fully.
Even if your business wasn’t among the most remote-work-friendly until now, however, they may have little choice in the matter. A lot of countries are under partial or full quarantines, so if you can do your work from home, you might have to.
Putting aside the viral elephant in the room, this massive experiment in remote working could become a turning point in labor history. No one is sure when business will return to normal, so that means a lot of companies may have to adapt to telecommuting for extended periods of time.
Traditionally, businesses frame remote work as a perk they offer for employees. However, it can benefit companies as well in several ways. For example:
- Studies consistently show that remote workers tend to be more productive.
- You can save costs on office space.
- It can help reduce employee turnover.
Of course, there’s one primary reason most people covet the idea of working from home, and that is because you don’t have to put pants on in the morning. However, it can be hard to be productive sans pants, so let’s talk about how you can make the best of the current situation.