There will soon be one year when the global pandemic has turned the normal rhythm of life upside down: the economies of the countries have sunk into recession, and the population has had to stay at home for security reasons. Naturally, such a fast change has had an impact on workers, businesses, communities, and personal well-being of many people.
Working from home may help you avoid the frustrating morning ride through traffic jams to work and intrusive colleagues. However according to the United Nations, working from home makes people work more overtime, experience more stress, and causes insomnia, especially in this pandemic situation.
Less Productivity – Longer Working Hours
Restrictions and recommendations introduced during the pandemic to avoid contact with others forced people to adapt and look for ways to carry out their daily duties without leaving home. It all happened suddenly, no one was properly prepared. Before the Covid-19 crisis, more than half of working people had no experience of remote work.
A key element in determining the economic contribution of employees and a company is productivity. In other words, it is the value that an employee creates in one working hour or a full working day. The most frequently mentioned reasons for the loss of productivity mentioned in the study were the lack of cooperation with colleagues, juggling between housework and work commitments at the same time, and the lack of necessary work equipment. Other reasons are lack of motivation and childcare.
The loss of productivity was compensated by longer working hours. Nearly half of respondents said their working day had lengthened during the pandemic. Although the amount of work done per hour decreased, the overall amount did not change throughout the working day. While this is good from an economic point of view, it can have a negative impact on the personal well-being of employees in the long run.
Mental and Physical Health
The report by the UN International Labor Organization (ILO) analyzes the impact of remote work and further fundamental changes in the concept of the workplace. The ILO has found that when working outside a traditional office, employees also take their work responsibly and carry out all their duties, but this increases the risk of working longer hours, increasing work intensity, and upsetting work-life balance.
In a recent year, people experienced more stress and suffered more from insomnia compared to the time when they worked in offices. When working from home, employees spend more time at the computer and experience a high level of stress because they feel like they must be reachable all the time. Most people who were used to working in the office all the time and now working from home suffer from insomnia, panic attacks, muscle pain, migraine, mood swings, eye problems. Overall, the study found that there are obvious risk factors associated with the penetration of work into space and time that should normally be devoted to personal life as a result people lost the line between personal and work issues.