Working from home: getting the work-life balance right

“In scapegoating remote work, companies may be disguising the real scourge of creativity right now: too much work.”

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The increase in Working From Home has had a clear impact on life in small towns such as Sidmouth.

For the positive:

Moving to the country: how WFH will affect small town life – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Working from home: reviving town life – Vision Group for Sidmouth

And for the not-so-positive:

WFH in the West Country pushes up house prices – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Moving to the country: how WFH is putting up the rent – Vision Group for Sidmouth

One of the biggest debates is around how much we might ‘miss’ the work place itself:

WFH vs the fizz of the office and the daily commute – Vision Group for Sidmouth

And despite a promised ‘return to normal’, WFH is still very much in demand – with these stories from the last couple of days:

One-third of Britons still working from home despite rule changes, data show | Business News | Sky News

1 in 10 job adverts is working from home | Business | The Times

People are working from home out of preference, not just necessity

Turns Out, Employees Are Doing Quite Fine Working from Home

But we need to be doing WFH well.

If you are working from home, you need to be getting the work-life balance right – and that includes a good sleeping rhythm and good posture:

Many people began working from home during the pandemic without any warning, meaning they didn’t already have a home office set up. And many folks simply don’t have the space or the funds to create a dedicated workspace at home. For these reasons, a lot of people are working from less-than-ideal setups—think uncomfortable desk chairs, such as a seat at the kitchen table, or unsupportive seats such as the couch or a bed.

Unfortunately, working for hours every day without an ergonomic setup can take a toll on our bodies—and our sleep. Let’s take a closer look at the relationship between posture and sleep plus what you can do to obtain better health and sleep quality…

How Working from Home Impacts Your Sleep – Mattress Clarity

Finally, though, perhaps we need to be working less – which would really help that work-life balance:

Employees want to work from home. Their bosses, however, can’t wait to get back to the office. Knowledge workers think being remote makes their jobs better, while managers worry the arrangement could cause the quality of work to suffer. But in scapegoating remote work, companies may be disguising the real scourge of creativity right now: too much work.

Remote work, innovation, and the Great Resignation – Vox

   
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