Finding a Comfortable Balance with People and Technology
The coronavirus outbreak has demanded unprecedented lifestyle changes. Entire workforces have taken refuge in their homes. For many employees, this might be their first experience working from home. And due to the pandemic’s sudden onset, an organization’s leadership may not have had the time to communicate work-from home best practices.
In this guide, we’ll offer tips for both employees and employers. Navigating through this crisis where people and technology operate in complementary and synchronous ways. Only by doing so, can organizations continue under a situation with few historical parallels. One goal of this paper is to provide recommendations to help your workers adapt to their new work/life arrangement. Another goal is to ensure their remote employees stay safe, secure, and connected.
“ Working from home isn’t a “one size fits all” scenario.
Some people, for example, are “segregators” who need to
be closed off from personal life (such as in a home office),
while others are “integrators” who work better in, say,
a kitchen, and with kids and pets around.”1
Isolated Workers Seeking Equilibrium
When ‘social distancing’ becomes social isolation, individuals can suffer psychologically. Studies indicate that individuals socially distanced over prolonged periods of time can become depressed, anxious, develop insomnia, and abuse alcohol and drugs. Executives need to know that while their isolated employees appear to be adjusting initially, over weeks and months, the abrupt lifestyle change can take a mental and physical toll.
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1 “Five ways to thrive while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic,” by Marc Saltzman, USA Today, March 30, 2020