After months of millions of people working from home for the first time, it has become clear that there are both pros and cons to this work arrangement.
The benefits have always been highlighted, such as no commutes, dressing casually and being able to complete home-related tasks in between meetings.
However, a new study of 12,000 people across 11 countries conducted by Oracle and Workplace Intelligence revealed the downsides of remote working.
The research found that 78% of respondents saw a negative impact to their mental health this year. Additionally, 41% said they are feeling challenged due to blurred lines between home and work lives.
Even more staggering, 85% said mental health issues are impacting their home life due to sleep deprivation, poor physical health, decreased happiness, problems with family relationships and being isolated from friends.
So how can struggling remote workers find a healthier balance between their personal lives and their work responsibilities?
For starters, being proactive and finding new ways to add value in your position can reinvigorate your passions. For instance, those who typically deal with running events or training programs can find a new home in production. Having a sense of value can boost mental health significantly.
Additionally, setting boundaries can help with creating distinctions between home and personal life, even if you are working from your dining room table. Creating a schedule and putting away your work-related devices can make it easier for workers to unwind at the end of the day.