It is the best of times. It is the worst of times. It is the age of working with your pajamas within the comfort of your room. It is the age of having to shush your dog whenever you’re on Zoom. As the world transitions to a virtual work setting, employees find themselves in the midst of adjusting to a brand new reality. While the transition brings tons of possibilities, such as the ability to work while on a family trip or ditch the daily Metro traffic, it also delivers a few challenges that impede workers’ concentrations and performance.
Among these common productivity problems plaguing workers at home include:
Blurred work-life balance
Before the pandemic kicked in, the routine of going to the office and returning to our houses after our shifts created a clear delineation between work and personal life. But now that everything’s been stacked under a single roof, it’s easy to lose track of the boundaries. From the magnetizing force of your bed, the urgency to finish the dirty dishes, to the tempting joy of long afternoon tea times with family and friends, there are tons of things that could seemingly blur the line that separates your professional from personal affairs.
From connectivity problems, lack of proper tools, difficulty learning the dedicated virtual work platform, to power interruptions, many technical difficulties could arise while at home.
Members of the workforce are of a diverse breed. While some are good with adapting to technologies, some are finding it hard to blend in. Likewise, each home environment is unique and distinct. While some rooms are convenient for work, others might be too crampy, noisy, or just plain messy to foster productivity.
Lack of motivation
Human touch, face-to-face interactions, and in-person gatherings build and deepen relationships, which in turn establishes feelings of belongingness and fosters motivation among employees. But with remote work now the norm, workers are at risk of social isolation and declined motivation. This, in turn, could negatively affect their performance and productivity at home.