Tuesday 07 April 2020
A Coventry University researcher is warning people of the potential psychological impacts of working from home during the Covid-19 outbreak – including overworking, guilt, anxiety and insomnia.
We are in unprecedented times, with a vast portion of the United Kingdom’s workforce unable to undertake their usual commute and instead setting up offices in their kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms or whenever they can find space for a workstation.
While there are clear benefits of working from home, there are also a number of aspects of home-working which could have a detrimental effect on you psychologically – so it’s worth being mindful of them.
There is a real risk that many of us, whilst experiencing some of the positive benefits of remote e-working including, reduced or no commuting and increased flexibility around the hours when we can complete our work, may also experience the less positive aspects, including a lack of clear boundaries between work and home life and overworking, leading to a lack of recuperation.
The ability to work 24/7 and at any time and any place is now heightened with potential feelings of frustration or guilt if we cannot manage to complete the work on time or in our usual way.
However, to help you through this new working arrangement, Dr Grant has put together a list of potential side-effects of working from home and how best to approach the day so you can best deal with them and to create some resilience towards managing technology effectively.
Avoiding cognitive weariness:
Frustration and guilt:
Anxiety and insomnia:
Dr Grant added: “All of this, alongside increased family to work conflict, with looking after children and our vulnerable adults, causes some cognitive dissonance between what we should be doing at any one time, alongside not forgetting to look after our own mental health and well-being.
We need now more than ever to develop our digital resilience and learn how and when to switch off from technology.”
The NHS has also issued mental health advice following the Coronavirus outbreak.