I hope this finds you well and adjusting to our new post Covid normal! Covid gave us an opportunity to see how our homes really work with us and for us in providing shelter, food storage, preparations and pleasurable places to eat, whether we have lovely relaxing spaces. But also the insight into how well we can accommodate working from home. We’ve also found out if we have lovely relaxing spaces and have gained insight into how well we can accommodate working from home.
I have always felt that companies do not realise the positive potential of their people being based in the study with laptop and phone at home. Without the commute, parking, petrol, train timetable problems, expense of coffees, lunches, suitable clothes, etc the workers must be far more relaxed and can therefore focus on the work task at hand more easily.
The ability to zip out to pick kiddies up from school or hang a load of washing on the line, frees the mind to concentrate when in front of the laptop on just the work. Productivity increases, health and well being is enhanced and work life balance has to be far better. Here is hoping there is more of it in the future!
Downsides might be not having a designated study space, children wanting to be right with you all the time not allowing for any concentration. We have seen the dads in the adds working away with fairy wings on! Also the proximity to a full 'fridge with all your favourite snacks could lead to distractions too. Discipline is definitely required but it also allows the children and spouses to see the level of concentration, work load and frustrations our loved ones experience in a typical day.
This understanding is one of the major pluses for working from home. When we actually see our partners' struggling through a day we understand more fully their side of the end of day tiredness. But it would give the worker an insight into the life at home with little people too: so it works both ways! Surely that has to allow for more consideration and empathy!
Margot Kirke is a qualified architectural drafts person with a passion for practical living, making the best use of space and use of natural light and warmth.