The pandemic has taken away a lot of things from us: a friend, a family, our normal school life, and our normal work life. Ever since the pandemic, working from home has been normalized, which greatly affects a lot of people, good or bad. Some benefits of working from home are that it saves time and money because you don’t have to travel from your home to your workplace. However, despite some of these benefits, working from home still has its adverse effects, which affect you as a worker, and can also affect your work.
Risk from working from home
1. Losing motivation
Motivation is what propels us toward our goals; it keeps us going and helps us get through the day. Money, family, friends, significant others, and a variety of other factors can all serve as motivators. We’d lose confidence in our capacity to do, finish, and continue with our work if we didn’t have it. One’s motivation can quickly be lost, especially if we are placed in the wrong place at the wrong moment. When you work in an office, you’re surrounded by coworkers, employers, employees, or others who are going through the same thing as you, which gives you a sense of belongingness because you all have a shared purpose and objective, which motivates you to keep going. Whereas at home, you’re surrounded by your family, or you’re alone, with no one with whom to share your problems and successes, and as a result, you will feel alone and lonely, which may easily impair your motivation to do things. Losing motivation can have a significant impact on your work because it can reduce your productivity, making your life more challenging.
2. Uncomfortable workspace
The home environment differs significantly from the workplace environment. Everything you need is supplied for you at work. When you turn from one corner to the next, you may simply find what you’re looking for. Or, if you turn to gaze to your right, you can easily spot your coworkers, exchange a few words, and laugh. However, you may struggle at home with items that you require for work but cannot find at your new workplace. When the pandemic began, not everyone was prepared for a shift in their working environment. Some people did not have enough time to prepare for employment in a new environment. People may still be using their kitchen table or their couch as their new working space. Working in an uncomfortable environment has an impact on both your mood and your body.
Distractions are unavoidable no matter where you go. They’re in your office and in your own home. Distractions in the workplace can be generated by coworkers discussing a specific task they are working on, coworkers asking you work-related inquiries, or any other distractions that may or may not be linked to your work. These distractions are amplified at home, especially if you do not live alone. You may become distracted by the sounds of your family members fighting and shouting at one other, the barks of your dogs, the screams of hungry kids, or even your family casually and loudly conversing with each other.
4. Physical inactivity
When working from home, the chances of physical inactivity can be high. At home, it’s easier for everyone to sit more and move less. You can just transfer from your chair to your bed without taking many steps or breaking a sweat. At work, you get to use your body more, get yourself moving because you need to walk from the parking lot to the building entrance to your designated workplace at your office. You may even consider taking the stairs if you feel like it. During lunch breaks at your office, you still need to go through all that back and forth for you to eat your lunch.
5. No boundaries
At the office, there is a clear boundary between your work life and your personal life. When you’re at your office door, we always leave every personal problem we’re going through before we open those doors. After work, you may find yourself spending time with your workmates somewhere celebrating how you all got through your busy day. However, when you’re working at your own home, boundaries are almost impossible. Personal life and work life get somehow mixed up because you’re working, but you’re also at home. You may want to forget about your personal life, but everything at home can remind you of all the problems that you’re going through right now.