How Remote Work Actually
Almost overnight, the work world drastically changed. People and businesses have pivoted fast to service a growing need: supporting remote workers. Some companies are set up for remote work but most are not because, let’s face it, who saw a global pandemic coming?
Nothing is business as usual these days. We are sunk in a global crisis that we are each experiencing individually. While we scramble to shift to digital work, we can’t help but pause to consider how and why we do what we do. We are realizing that productivity is not all about getting work done. It is about how we approach our work in order to reach our potential.
What’s happening for people who suddenly find themselves working from home?
- Relational dynamics are heightened, maybe even blowing up. Expect domestic violence and divorce rates to spike now that couples have to spend all their time together.
- Members of households are negotiating the boundaries of shared space without hating each other. Shutting people out so you can get to work is hard especially if kids are around.
- People are feeling all the emotions. Living in isolation, we are scared, irritable, distracted, bored, frustrated, anxious and depressed. We need virtual support to help us stay connected to teammates, engaged in learning, and focused on the positive.
The future is scary but but at least we live in an age where we can log and learn from anywhere. Times have changed us, and that means finding learning strategies that ensure people feel connected, valued and supported.
It is predicted that after COVID-19 becomes one for the history books, working from home will be the new normal. In the meantime, this is a valuable opportunity to take the time and space we need to focus on personal and interpersonal growth both at work and at home.
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By Randi Chapnik Myers, LL.B., LL.M., Partner, Workright Inc.
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