With the current coronavirus outbreak, the entire Luzon has been placed under “Enhanced Community Quarantine” for almost a month. Many organizations are increasingly adapting telecommuting or work-from-home arrangements to mitigate threats from further transmitting the coronavirus disease in the country. As the outbreak has grown, more and more companies are encouraging employees to stay at home and operate work-from-home arrangements. Our company is one of those who responded. I feel lucky to be able to work from home.
Honestly, I do not hate working from home. I feel that home is meant for fun things and an office for work. I do not fault anyone who loves the idea of working from home. Besides, we are all different and unique.
When I am in the office, I can focus on getting work done.
No Dedicated Work Area
Working from home is a perk for some people, but not when you live in a small apartment where you have no desk or chair. While working in a bed sounds great, it would be perfect to have a desk, proper lighting and a comfortable chair for a productive day ahead. In the meantime, I am using a Megabox as my desk and my bed as my chair.
The stress of working from home is higher; more intense work pace, more vulnerable to working long hours and high-performance expectations. I cannot count the number of times I have been handling separate discussions at the same time, which can make me stressful, particularly when I still have tasks to finish by the end of the day.
Temptations are Everywhere
Home is filled with many distractions. When you work from home, you are ostensibly free of distractions like chattering and singing coworkers. But being home, I feel obligated to do more household chores.. cleaning the apartment, washing dishes, disposing garbage and so forth.
Hard to Separate Personal and Work
When your personal life and your work are both under the same roof, it is harder to switch off. You sleep at home, you work at home. Creating a line between work and home is tough. I need to find a way to differentiate between being “at work” and “at home”.
I can’t wait to go back to work. I wonder how people who work from home manage all of those. For now, I will stay at home as long as the health authorities advise.
What challenges have you overcome?