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Work is Life, and Life is Work: How to Maintain Balance During Integration


Work is Life, and Life is Work: How to Maintain Balance During Integration

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.  

Tips for maintaining work-life balance during the pandemic

  • Redesign your workspace – When we think of a traditional workspace, the first thing that comes to mind is an office or a cubicle. And with good reason. A designated space with clear boundaries helps you focus, cuts down distractions, and makes you more productive. Bring the same approach to work with a study, home office, or only a desk that’s purely designed for work.  
  • Practice daily standups – Standup meetings are a good way to catch up with your colleagues in a dispersed environment. The first thing we should do when you log-in in the morning is initiating a standup call/conference with others who are working virtually. This will synchronise the entire team’s work schedules, preventing irregular hours.  
  • Coordinate with your family members – Did you know that 13% of employees have had their normal household work doubled during this time? 35% of those with children have had to look after childcare, and 1 in 3 took on additional duties to cope with schoolwork. Given that all of us are at home, household chores can creep into work hours, leaving you scrambling at late nights and over the weekends to meet deadlines. It is a good idea to coordinate with family members and create a fixed schedule that balances it all.  

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