A big reason why some of us avoided WFH until 2020 was work-life balance.
Remote workers – specifically those working from home, and not co-working spaces, coffee shops, etc. – find it difficult to draw a clear line between work and leisure. It is tempting to start a little late, as you have the flexibility to work beyond the regular 9-to-5. Without a designated lunch hour or colleagues to chat with, one might forget to take healthy breaks. Before you know it, you are working weekends and doing the dishes while taking a call.
Reports confirm that extended WFH due to COVID-19 is negatively impacting our work-life balance.
In February, 69% of employees were happy with their work-life balance. This dipped to 42% in week 16 and 17, and to 41 % in week 18 and 19. Other reports find growing stress levels, shrinking breaks, and multiplying home workloads.
This leaves employees more prone to burnout than ever before.