What are the drawbacks?
harder to collaborate. Although there are lots of technological
solutions out there to help with this - and we'll touch on some of these
later - nothing can really simulate people physically coming together
in a room to develop ideas and solutions.
Not everyone has a
great home-working set-up. Only a few people are lucky enough to have a
spare room, or even a dining room, that they can turn into an office.
For many families, the home-working and home-schooling situation means
they have a full house all day, so carving out a space to work is a huge
There are more distractions. Working from home,
it's much easier to get knocked off course by external distractions such
as the TV or radio being on, children needing your support, delivery
people coming to the door and general domestic duties. Working from home
requires more discipline and self-management.
For some, easy
access to the kitchen leads to more snacking throughout the day, which
can negatively affect our diet and weight. It takes will power to ignore
the call of the fridge.
Without your colleagues around you,
it can be hard to motivate yourself to get on with your work. On the
other hand, for some people the opposite may be true, and they end up
working too hard because they feel all the responsibility falls on them.
you work at home, you lose the division between your work-day and your
time off. Some people find it hard to switch off from work in the
evening when their computer is sitting on the table in the next room.
Others work much longer hours without the normal end-of-day cues that
indicate it's time to down tools. The home maybe doesn't feel like a
sanctuary from work anymore - it's just another office.
those with children, working from home can be a huge struggle,
especially while the schools are also closed. Holding down a full-time
job whilst home-schooling your children (which is also a full-time job)
is causing some parents to have to make a drastic choice between their
career and their children's welfare.
How can we make it better?
we can't promise that these tips will resolve all of the issues of
home-working, we believe that little changes can make a big difference.
If you're struggling with home-working, or simply want to optimise your
performance, these tips might help.
Understand your needs and be kind to yourself
you feel that working from home is negatively affecting your mental
health, it's worth analysing why this is happening. Simply understanding
why you're struggling can help pave the way for better coping
mechanisms. Try taking an online Briggs Myers test - it may reveal
things you didn't know about yourself. There is plenty of advice out
there to help you mitigate the effects of working from home based on
your personality type.
Of course, an online test can only do
so much. If you're feeling really low, it's best to talk to someone.
Mind have a lot of useful advice for finding a therapist, and share
their own tips for looking after yourself while working from home.
Set up a work space
important to physically separate your work space from your home space
as much as possible. Some of us are lucky enough to have summer houses
and spacious spare rooms that can be converted into offices, but the
rest of us need to get more creative.
Try using a room
divider to split open-plan spaces into discrete units. These attractive
dividers can be found on Amazon and are great for zoning off parts of
your home to create work spaces.
Agree with your family or
housemates that you shouldn't be disturbed (unless there's an emergency)
when you're in your work space. A physical boundary - whether it's a
closed door or just a line on the floor - can help to psychologically
reinforce this rule.