For some people, work from home is, pardon the expression, “just another day at the office.” However, the Coronavirus has suddenly made the home office a reality for a large population of workers who may have never experienced it.
Even for people who work remotely one or two days a week, the prospects of living and working in the same space every day can feel like something entirely different.
Simply put, it’s a big change. And getting used to it might take some time.
One obvious difference is where you are working; it might be desk, or it might be a kitchen table, vanity, couch or bed.
Another difference is who your new coworkers are: Family members, spouses, roommates, pets and children.
And then you have a difference in your set up: Dual screens vs. laptops, no mouse, no printer, desk phone vs. cell phone, in-person vs. webcam.
So, what are people doing to adjust to these changes until they get the greenlight to return to the office?
I tell my team that no apologies are required if a dog barks or a kid starts bugging you for a snack. This is the new normal, folks. Let's embrace it and have some fun along the way.Mike LeQuier
For some tips and advice on how to stay busy, Morning Brew shares the guide you need to add some humor to your day.
To look at all of this from the most positive light: We’re living in 2020 where we can work virtually. We can visually engage with our colleagues around the world with just a phone. We have streaming apps that let us binge Netflix or Disney+, among others. And there are ways to workout with a virtual coach to keep us healthy.
Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post on how to maintain the human connection virtually.