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The Missing Case of Work Life Balance Amidst Work From Home Experiments and Nationwide Lockdowns

May 7, 2020 1:43 PM 2 min read
Editorial

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

How true is this? Fond enough to make you want to go back to office?

More than a month into nationwide lockdowns and work from home experiments, many of us want to go back to office now. The reason might not be as straightforward as “absence” though. 

What looked like the beginnings of a telecommuting revolution is now wreaking havoc, with little or no boundaries remaining between work and life. And there seems to be no clear end in sight, especially in India where the Government has announced another 2-week extension to the lockdown.

What began with many of us charting out extensive list of To Dos and hobbies to pursue, now that we have some extra time on our hands, has ended rather tragically with burnt-out employees feeling like they have even less free time than when they wasted hours commuting.

 

The Missing Case of Work Life Balance Amidst Work From Home Experiments and Nationwide Lockdowns

 

With our stations only a few steps away from our living rooms and bedrooms, often one intrudes into the other, making it nearly impossible to disconnect. The 9-to-5 workday, chill Friday and the wait for the weekend – all seem like relics of a bygone era. 

In the US, homebound employees are logging three hours more per day on the job than before city and state-wide lockdowns, according to data from NordVPN, which tracks when users connect and disconnect from its service.

As we juggle between our personal and professional lives while our living spaces turning into makeshift offices with the added pressure of working harder as millions get laid off, perhaps we could take a moment off this weekend, rejuvenate ourselves and find that lost sense of balance, which is vital to our overall well-being.

 

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