Adapting to The Work from Home Reality

It’s no surprise to anyone today that the COVID 19 is here to stay. The virus has single-handedly disrupted our collective fabric and exposed our frailties as a whole. An unintended consequence of this entire fiasco has been a veritable renovation of our work environments. Gone are the days of a shared space where coworkers could wrap their brains around a problem together. The emerging reality is one of what we know today as ‘work from home’; one that prioritizes isolated endeavors and technical novelties over collective and earnest efforts. Such a fundamental shift in working protocol does arrive with its share of baggage that must be analyzed and contemplated upon to traverse through the twists and turns of an unfamiliar and rather rugged landscape.

An Emerging Predicament

While the idea of working from home might seem appealing prima facie, there’s more to it than meets the eye. For starters, workplace collaboration has received a fatal blow. The pre-COVID norm was to opt for a collective approach to problem-solving wherever possible. This resulted in an enhanced sense of community among peers which in turn contributed to a more productive working environment.

However, distant working protocols have created several hurdles in this process, thus reinforcing feelings of distance and isolation. Problems have gotten more challenging to deal with without constant push from one’s coworkers that has unsurprisingly resulted in a steep dip in the collective state of motivation in the workforce today. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the Indian Psychiatry Society, a 20% increase in cases of mental health disorders was witnessed within the very first week of the lockdown itself. This in itself is a testament to how the trajectory of mental health doesn’t seem to be going with the grain towards a productive work environment. 

Possibly the only solution to this global quandary seems to be an earnest and enthusiastic nod towards adaptability. Humans are creatures of habit, and thus this step, in particular, might be cumbersome to some. However, it is worth noting that the new reality of isolated workspaces need not be one of sadness and gloom. Instead, we must utilize this opportunity to carve out the perfect work environment that promotes positivity, and a working protocol that helps fight the agony of isolation.

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Carving a New Normal

The first step in carving out the perfect approach towards a distanced collaborative endeavor is to take stock of the current circumstances surrounding us. One must first note the requisites for a productive working protocol and work towards acquiring them if required.

The next step in the process is to use the resources acquired to create a healthy working environment. Only when our surroundings motivate and inspire us can we hope to tackle the demons of the post-COVID era. We must surround themselves with items of personal value that tugs at our heartstrings and pushes us to do more. Moreover, it’s crucial to opt for a comfortable seated position since a substantial portion of our work would require us to be seated in the same place for hours on end.

The next and arguably the most crucial step is to check for network and connectivity issues, which can often be rampant. We must check to see if we receive a steady flow of connectivity throughout the day; if not we must aim to fix at the earliest as it is a crucial component to productive daily work. As obvious as this process sounds, it can prove to be a recipe for disaster if left unattended.

The last and final step is a call for empathy during such tumultuous times. It’s expected that some of our coworkers must be in a better position for adapting to the new normal as compared to others. We must take the initiative to ensure that none of our peers are left out as a result, and must actively fight against the technological divide that seems to be swallowing the country into a dark abyss. The need for collaboration and collective endeavor is still as widespread as it ever was, albeit conditioned to the new normal of the ‘work from home’ post- COVID era.

An Emerging Predicament

While the idea of working from home might seem appealing prima facie, there’s more to it than meets the eye. For starters, workplace collaboration has received a fatal blow. The pre-COVID norm was to opt for a collective approach to problem-solving wherever possible. This resulted in an enhanced sense of community among peers which in turn contributed to a more productive working environment.

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However, distant working protocols have created several hurdles in this process, thus reinforcing feelings of distance and isolation. Problems have gotten more challenging to deal with without constant push from one’s coworkers that has unsurprisingly resulted in a steep dip in the collective state of motivation in the workforce today. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the Indian Psychiatry Society, a 20% increase in cases of mental health disorders was witnessed within the very first week of the lockdown itself. This in itself is a testament to how the trajectory of mental health doesn’t seem to be going with the grain towards a productive work environment. 

Possibly the only solution to this global quandary seems to be an earnest and enthusiastic nod towards adaptability. Humans are creatures of habit, and thus this step, in particular, might be cumbersome to some. However, it is worth noting that the new reality of isolated workspaces need not be one of sadness and gloom. Instead, we must utilize this opportunity to carve out the perfect work environment that promotes positivity, and a working protocol that helps fight the agony of isolation.

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