A study identified the main problems of telecommuting and proposed clever solutions
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused millions of people to commute from their homes. This has certain advantages, such as eliminating unnecessary travel, but it also comes at a price: the line between work and personal life becomes blurred.
In an office environment, it is recommended to use some white noise sources to cover up the noise in the house, reach an agreement with noisy neighbors, or know how to stay away from the computer after the working day is over. Articles published in the organization dynamics.
The author, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management Professor Timothy D.Golden, based on his more than two decades of research, provides solutions for telecommuting workers and company managers to solve the most common problems when you work from home.
Gordon said in the press release: “The main challenge most people face when working from home is how to effectively find the boundary between work life and family life while maintaining efficiency and productivity at work.” The remote work expert pointed out, Learning to manage the boundary between work and family is crucial.
In a video, Timothy Golden provides the following eight tips for commuters:
- Keep a separate work space
- Keep the daily activities of the house away from the workplace
- Check work messages and emails regularly
- Respond at the scheduled time of the day, rather than continuously
- Separately arrange the time for housework
- Sync agenda with other residents in the house
- Clearly communicate work schedules with family and company
- Establish rules for communicating at home during working hours
According to experts, there are two types of remote workers:
- Audience segments can work best by maintaining a strict distinction between their own life and work
- Integrators can easily mix work and family responsibilities.
According to Golden, to successfully work from home, both types of people must set and maintain the limits that meet their desired comfort level. In this article, Golden pointed out four areas: body, behavior, time and communication, which can maintain the boundaries between work and family life.
Among other strategies, Golden recommends setting household noise limits, starting and ending the day at fixed and fixed times, and most importantly, having a conversation with family members or family members to set expectations.
He also pointed to common pitfalls that lead to the collapse of the limits created by commuters, such as being unpredictable in daily work and avoiding face-to-face with those who exceed the limits (whether family or boss).
According to Golden, when working from home, “you are in a different physical and mental space. Communication becomes especially important.