The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has transformed the workplace. In the “new normal” created by the pandemic, employees have increasingly worked from home. This has led many workers to stay connected to one another via video and phone calls, text messages, and emails rather than in-person meetings. As a result, these workers have done their part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and continue to provide valuable contributions to their respective businesses.
Although the pandemic is ongoing, many businesses are beginning to let employees return to their previous workspaces. The workplace of the past is gone, however, as these businesses are implementing social distancing guidelines and other safety measures to guard against the spread of COVID-19. In addition, this work environment requires employees to adjust their everyday expectations, particularly when it comes to maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
How Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Work-Life Balance?
Having the opportunity to work remotely during the pandemic enabled employees to show that they can help their respective businesses thrive, even in the middle of a crisis. Yet, remote employees may have inadvertently struggled to maintain a healthy work-life balance during the pandemic, due to the fact that they worked exclusively from home.
The pandemic forced many workers to drastically modify their work habits and environments, to the point where they may have spent long hours completing work tasks at home. This may have caused remote workers to feel overly stressed about work, to the point where they may have struggled to enjoy time with family.
Also, the pandemic has put a major strain on businesses and employees alike. Some companies were forced to lay off or furlough workers, as the pandemic resulted in significant financial losses in a short period of time. Meanwhile, workers may have felt increased anxiety during the pandemic, since they may have been uncertain about their future with their respective businesses. In these instances, workers may have felt obligated to work extra hours to show they are valuable contributors to their businesses — which may have resulted in an unhealthy work-life balance.
How to Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance When You Return to Work
There is no surefire formula to maintain a healthy work-life balance when you return to work. But, there are several things that you can do to develop a work-life balance that ensures you feel great both at work and at home, such as:
Figure out what tasks to get done at work and explore ways to complete these tasks on schedule during your workday.
Set Aside Personal Time:
Take regular breaks throughout the workday, so you can give your body and mind time to recharge.
Stick to a Work Schedule:
Develop a work schedule and stay with it.
Enhance Your Workspace:
Build a workspace where you feel like you can maximize your productivity and feel comfortable throughout the workday.
Use the aforementioned tips, and you’ll be well-equipped to achieve a healthy work-life balance.
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