In this day and age of technology that allows us to communicate via email, social media and internet, the vast majority want to work from home. Even if we don’t have a job that allows us to work from home, we still do work from home when we answer emails, texts and calls. Whether your job is at an office away from your home, or inside your home, you should be very aware of the dangers that are associated when you work from home.
I’ve been reading a lot of some of the negative things that can be experienced when you work from home. I’m sure if you work from home, you may be found these out personally.
Dinner time! Are your phones, tablets and other devices left away from the table. Being glued to your phone after hours can get on the nerves of those around you and may even sabotage your partner’s career.
Too many times, I have been at a family function, around a dinner table or at some other social event and as I look around the area, 50% of the people are actively using their mobile device or table. It’s dinner time, can you put that device down long enough to enjoy an engaging conversation with those around you?
Here is a small list of the many dangers you may encounter when you work from home.
KILLING THE MOOD: Answering an work email, or text while off-hours at home can spread unhappiness that will seep into your home life. It has been identified in a survey that there is a link between people who answer emails while at home and the spouses or partners who were less happy at home and at work. This can potentially affect your partner’s work satisfaction and overall performance, even at work.
WORK-LIFE BALANCE LOST: There are many ways to bring work home. Cell phones, however, are the most demanding of our attention which can, in turn, cause a dramatic effect on the marriage and our mental health. We think that getting that extra email or text answered while home will help reduce the work load for the next day, but eventually this mind set catches up with us on the home-life side of things.
TIME – A LOST RESOUCE: “Time” is one of our most precious resources and we must use our time wisely. If we were to understand how we spend our time, you may see that we can break this time out in three increments.
8 hours for Rest, Relaxation, Rejuvenation: This is the time we spend sleeping, and renewing our minds and bodies It’s not to stay that you NEED to sleep 8 hours, but maybe sleep 7 hours, and exercise for an hour. Maybe you need more sleep and will have to modify this schedule, but this is important for your mental and physical heath, so that you can work and play more efficiently and effectively.
8 hours for work: Work is how we survey and feed our families. We need our jobs to provide for our shelter, our clothing and the food on our tables. Be present at work mentally, and physically and do your best. This is true whether you work from home, or your work outside of the home.
8 hours for family : Our most precious commodity is our family, but we limit the time with them because we commute to work, we need to home chores, but take this time to do chores together, make it a family effort and be present with each other. Don’t spend this time on work email, or text or on your another electronic device – unless you are doing it all together. Quality time with your family is very much needed. For every minute you use on work during home time, you lose the value resource of time.
BURNOUT: Everyone needs to rest and take a break. We call it vacation. If you think that things cannot happen without you, you may just find out the hard way that they can go on without you, because you will get burned out, potentially get sick and be down for the count, or worse—the stress could actually kill you! Take the time to step away, and rest, relax and rejuvenate.
Employers and employees alike need to realize, respect and protect personal time. It’s important to take an active role in reducing the level of work that intrudes upon home life. There is a time to unplug and live life.
If you spend your precious home time resource on work, then someone else is left to pick up the slack of the home chores or that quality time with your family is gone, never to be gotten.
It is up to us, each individual, to find that perfect work life – home life balance and have our time used for quality moments. I’ve heard people say that “time is on our side”, but is it really? The clock keeps ticking and this precious resource is limited. Work when you need to work, and play when you can play. There is a good balance to be had. Find your balance.
Tell us how you manage your time in the comment section below.