Posted on April 2020 By Speller International
In the recent weeks we have had to quickly adapt to a new ‘normal’ both personally and professionally. But as we continue to transition and evolve in our work processes and habits, we can report that our new lives in self-isolation is not all doom and gloom.
In fact, there are some positive aspects of working from home and life in isolation. In this blog Scott Anstey discusses what some of those positives are from both his own views as well as those of the general SAP market.
By having the entire workplace transition to working from home, I think a lot of client’s were concerned with losing productivity. The reality is that most people are finding themselves being more productive at home compared to if they were in the office. Having flexible working days at home means that most people are often logging on earlier and logging off much later in the day. This gives them the flexibility to do some personal things throughout the day that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do from the office.
It also gives people the opportunity to multi-task. You may be on a call giving instructions, yet also loading the washing machine or putting away clothes. These small tasks that would otherwise be done after work, give people the freedom to truly enjoy downtime once they ‘clock off’ rather than continuing to complete those menial tasks late into the night.
The savings plan
Those working from home can enjoy the extra funds from petrol, parking, public transport, that coffee on the morning commute and a daily lunch. They may seem like small insignificant savings day to day, but when you add it up, $15 to $30 a day can really make a difference to the bank balance.
Work life Balance
This is something that is often spoken about, but in reality, most people have found it hard to get the right balance due to work demands and pressures. During self-isolation most people are getting to spend more time with their families and finally understanding the true benefits of work life balance.
Some of the common thing people are doing during that day outside of work is helping their kids with some home schooling, getting in some extra exercise throughout the day, preparing a healthy dinner for the family or simply just taking the dog for a walk around the block.
I think we can all agreed that self-isolation has made us all collectively stay in better contact with our loved ones, work colleagues and clients. Looking at it from a work perspective, these quieter times give organisations the time to build stronger partnerships and relationships on a personal level.
Virtual meetings allow people to see inside their colleagues, clients or employee’s lives, a sneak peek into their home office, an introduction to their children or pet. You see, good business is built on good relationships so use this time to truly connect.
However, along with all the positives there are many negatives, yet most of what we hear on a daily basis is not all doom and gloom. In general, it is people, just like you and me, making the most of an unpredictable and unprecedented situation.
I would be interested to hear your opinion. Is life in self-isolation creating positive or negative outcomes from a work perspective? Please comment on our LinkedIn page.
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