“The future of jobs after the pandemic is a blurry mix of work, life, pajamas, and Zoom,” this is what work is for us now according to The Atlantic.
Having a work-from-home setup must be everyone’s dream and it seems like almost everyone had it in these past couple of months. Being able to still work at home, earn money, and be safe in the middle of a pandemic is a great privilege. When the work-from-home set up started last March, people’s problems about the unchanging traffic was lifted and it’s possible that these people were not even really that concerned how the pandemic might get worse by then.
Meanwhile, as I slowly ease myself in the work-from-home lifestyle, I started to feel anxious. Who would’ve thought that working from home can give you anxiety and stress instead of comfort?
In my case, since I’m not at the office, I always feel the need to make myself present and working at all times just to prove that I am indeed working from home. The feeling of being overwhelmed and having performance anxiety is totally inevitable.
And as work entered home, home became part of work because suddenly you’re thinking of preparing for lunch, looking after a family member, doing an errand, while you finish your actual job. The thing is, I’m not alone in this.
Funnily enough, even with the pressure of being “present,” many employees are still becoming more productive. In fact, a Standford study found a 13 percent increase in productivity for employees working from home. Recently a LinkedIn study found that 86 percent of employees working from home feel a pressure to “overperform.” This just put the “work under pressure” into a whole another level.
Sow while we’re keeping ourselves safe from the virus, we’re still not truly safe from ourselves. At the same time, we’re bound with addition stress and this might even make us more vulnerable to illnesses.
Apparently, this stress and anxiety that everyone feels should not be surprising because in this study of 15 countries, it discovered that 41 percent of employees who are more often working from home considered themselves highly stressed, compared to only 25 percent of those who worked on-site. Bear in mind that stress has many factors like financial, health, family, or work. It’s like having a small crisis of your own while living in a whole another crisis— the pandemic.
It’s true that it’s nice to enjoy the flexibility that comes with working from home. It is liberating that suddenly you get to be with your family while you work and it feels like you have a lot of time in your hands.
But in the end, it can still feel confining. It’s easy to complain and complain about these things but in my case I had to make a choice and shift my viewpoint about the situation.
It is not just our jobs that are changing, our whole life is changing. We are now living in the new normal and it is changing how things work bit by bit and it’s no wonder that it’s taking a toll on us. It’s my choice to look into the small silver linings to get through this pandemic. Since I am very lucky to be in this situation, the least I can do is help people in need. The way I handle things might not work for you because we all have our own struggles. But it’s something that everyone can work on. Process is process no matter how big or small.
The purpose of work-from-home this pandemic is to keep us safe. For now, let’s carry this purpose. Our privilege shouldn’t blind us from what is really happening in the world.
Working from home might not be our choice, but it is one of the things we have to do to survive because it looks like work-from-home is here to stay.