Home Office - Performance at work X Quality of Life. Can you reach it?
Associating discipline with work is redundant, but in the home office, creating a routine that ensures good performance and quality of life makes the challenge even greater.
Home office is the work model adopted by the world in face of the Covid-19 pandemic and the isolation imposed by it. The adoption required a rapid adaptation of companies, employees and businesses, further streamlined technological evolution and brought with it countless pros and cons. Among the pros are the reduction of pressure and competitiveness of corporate environments; the reduction of stress with commuting and compliance with strict schedules; some savings. Among the cons, the lack of adequate equipment and physical spaces stand out; less integration between teams and managers; the difficulty of establishing boundaries between professional and personal life; the interference of family, school and affective matters, typical of domestic environments, in the work routine. How to balance two traditionally distinct worlds if they coexist today?
The discipline requirement then comes into play, but it does not entirely resolve the issue. And, without solutions that suit everyone, specialists recommend extra attention so that professionals achieve good performance and well-being, simultaneously. For companies, they suggest the definition of clear home office policies, consistent with the organizational culture, as well as the maintenance of proposals for the enhancement and growth of the worker. All support is welcome. For employees, these are recurrent suggestions:
– Valuing physical and mental health – Know how to deal with the flexibility of home office hours, maintaining a healthy diet, good hydration, physical and leisure activities, both individually and in the company of friends and family.
– Organization and planning – Being in a home office does not imply complete freedom, but it also does not mean working late into the night. It is necessary to plan priorities and goals, interspersing work hours with breaks for meals, relaxation and sleep; look for ventilated, illuminated places, good equipment, in addition to the indispensable digital connection.
– Responsibility and professionalism – Commitments to customers and suppliers must be prioritized, deadlines must be met and the quality standard of the products and services provided must be fully preserved.
- Information security – Working from home office requires complete data security, one of its most important assumptions, and that's why many companies hire IT specialists for competent support.
There are several home office requirements. They involve the commitment of companies and employees, the creation of new habits and rules, good communication, the understanding of colleagues and family members. His process requires more than discipline – the unique ability to have and respect limits –, it goes even further, taking the work to unusual environments that are not always suitable for concentration. You work in flexible conditions where before there was rigidity and some silence. But, yes, after an adaptation and a continued availability to learn from changes, the format can combine good professional performance with a quality life. By following a few principles and adapting the recommendations to your particular conditions, you can do it. Everyone succeeds.
According to the Sodexo Quality of Life Index – IQTV, on a scale from 0 to 10, in 2019, the Brazilian index was 6.47 (4% more than in 2018). In the IT sector, it was 6.96 points.
According to Gartner, by the end of 2021, 32% of employees worldwide will be remote. In 2019, it was 17%.