What if No One Wants to Go Back to the Office?

Many companies are implementing voluntary or mandatory work-from-home policies in the midst of the COVID pandemic. That means many of us are dealing with an unfamiliar challenge of working from home for the first time, full-fledged. Many are more delighted, more efficient, and want to hang onto the advantages even after the pandemic ends.
Renowned Astro strategist Hirav Shah reveals that these news lovers of online work worry that they will lose the key benefits discovered during this uncommon experiment in mass remote work. Hirav Shah also says that people who have never liked gossiping with their fellow employees have found new heights of productivity away from meetings and meaningless bitching. People worried about climate change are excited to reduce their carbon footprints by avoiding transportation by cars. And even though many parents are desperate for schools and daycare centers to reopen, some working parents are appreciating more time with their kids and even the elders in the house.

OK, so what are the benefits?

  • Less time on the road to office
  • Greater productivity
  • A safer environment
  • Money saved
  • More job satisfaction
  • Less Sickness
  • More time for fitness and spirituality

Even so, it can still be a bit unsettling not to have the routine of going into the office, of trying to stay distraction-free in a whole new environment where the surrounding people are not your colleagues, but family members.

When the line between work and home life is essentially non-existent, how does one manage to meet deadlines and targets while also devoting time to the children at home, and managing family chores?

As per Astro strategist Hirav Shah, in the spirit of embracing silver linings and making the most of this situation, here are a few techniques to manage the work-from-home challenge.

  • Keep continuing familiar routines like checking mails, excising, and setting task priorities for the day, so that one can stay focused without getting overwhelmed.
  • Another method to help your mind keep in work mode is to find one spot in the home that can be deputed as your workspace. “An office away from the office”
  • While one may have to attend to situations and needs that arise inevitably when the entire family is home, I find that it helps to take short planned breaks to take care of those things—engaging with the kids, completing a chore, relaxing a bit with meditation or yoga, etc which might be able to reduce stress and work pressure.
  • Constructive communication is another invaluable technique as companies are opting-in for virtual interaction methods to emulate the social interactions that we’d otherwise have in our offices.
  • You must allow your mind to transition from work time to personal time as you wind up your workday.

And lastly, Hirav Shah adds that the COVID has already revamped the landscape of the global workspace beyond recognition. However, this change gives us a unique opportunity to discover new ways of utilizing technology to do efficient work, which could have a lasting positive impact long after we overcome the current crisis.