How we think about where we should work is changing rapidly
Now is the most opportune time for us to consider what makes up the ideal workday. Do we need an office with a fancy oak wood desk? Must we have to commute every single morning at 6:00AM on a crowded train or in slow traffic? Why are we getting up in the morning, what is the purpose of our work?
For many of us, these times will be difficult. Not only are we being pressured to still perform at our best, but we are also being challenged to do this while stuck at home. We don’t have a supervisor who is going to monitor our behavior. We have been given more responsibility and some of us aren’t prepared for it. And yet, this new responsibility can give us the chance to design how we do our work.
The ideal workday will now be something that we can choose, rather than it be something that happens by chance. We can decide which tasks are most important, how often we need to communicate with our clients and our team, and when breaks are really appropriate. We don’t need to tiptoe around others who may not be fond of our company, nor do we need to worry about our outward appearance or attire.
The work is what’s most important. We can now enjoy the nuances, the small details of what we do. When things return to the norm, many of us will find it strange. At that moment when we don’t recognize what we are doing, even though we’ve done it before, we must ask ourselves why do we feel this way.
We may begin to see that there are some benefits to working from home and from working remotely. It isn’t for everyone but, there will certainly be a lot of us who may consider a change.
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