Today I thought it was a good time to share with you the impact of the Corona virus on my personal life. Although, me and my family are safe and sound, the virus had a profound impact on my way of life.
Working from home for the past 4 months
Working from home for 4 months is pretty tough. I’ve been used to working from home about one day a week, but 5 days a week is on another level! I’m staring about 9 hours a day at a screen with almost no breaks in between.
Normally, several meetings each day give my eyes some time off from my laptop screen. But nowadays, with a lot of video-calls each days, my eyes are glued to the screen pretty much non-stop. This is just bad from a health perspective. The lack of fitness activities (closed gym) doesn’t help either.
On the bright side. I’m still able to work and the business I’m in is still doing okay. Seeing the weekly jobless claims figures from the United States, I’m just very happy to live in The Netherlands.
Although, this is only because the protection of employees from losing their jobs is just very high. Maybe even too high. But this will most likely change for the worse as companies will fail with no choice but to let their employees go. Time will tell…
Some absolute positives
One positive aspect that absolutely stands out is: no commute. This saves me at least 1.5 hours each day. In the past 4 months that has saved me about 100 hours. That’s a lot!
Another positive thing I encountered was the possibility to focus. No distractions from complaining colleagues, office noise, etc. I know, not everyone is lucky enough to have their own study room or home office, but this really helped me to get things done.
Last but not least, I really enjoyed spending 24/7 time with my family. Our 2 kids were so happy that we were there all the time. Of course, this led to various distractions and kids rushing into my office while I was in a video-call, but hey, that’s all part of the fun.
Will this new lifestyle last?
I think it will. Not everything, but I think people will work from home a lot more than they did at the time before the Corona virus kicked in. The past 4 months showed to a lot of people in different industries that work goes own.
Once you really experience the benefits of no commute it’s hard to fully let it go. Employers also need to adjust to this new way of working.
Working from home really sucks for micro-managers. Such managers don’t really trust you to do your job from home and want to clock how many hours you put in. I’m really happy that I don’t have that problem. I’m managed based on output.
Some things I apply to handle the current situation
- Keep moving. Go for a 15 minute walk during lunch and in the evening.
- Set up a nice workspace to work comfortably.
- Really enjoy the time with your family. Especially if you have young kids. A situation like this will most likely not happen another time soon.
- Stay positive and eat healthy!
What do I expect in the coming months?
I expect that I will be in the office (at least full-time) for the remainder of 2020. I know, that’s 6 months more. But with ‘second-waves’ kicking in and business at my company continuing ‘as usual’, why risk it? Does our Board want to risk a Corona virus spread within their company only because employees are ‘tired’ of working from home? I don’t think so.
Probably there will be something like a gradual and systematic return to the office. But this will take many months to be back to the levels before COVID-19.
Until then, I will suck it up while enjoying the benefits of still having a job and spending quality time with my family!