Some, if not most, of the working professionals have never really experienced working from home or have a telecommuting arrangement with your work place. If you are a freelancer, self-employed or a sole-proprietor business, you would have experienced (or are already) working from home prior to this unprecedented Covid-19 virus outbreak around the world. On 7th April 2020, Singapore entered into the Circuit Breaker mode. Most of us are now working from home, as for those adult with schooling kids, it is home based learning together with them too. Working From Home (WFH) and quarantine life – how are you emotionally?
The changes may not be the easiest to adapt within a very short period of time for some of the working professionals here in Singapore. This is an unprecedented change arising from this Covid-19 situation and many of us around the world, not just in Singapore, are learning to adapt as fast as we could. While working from our home can be comfortable and a privilege, something that we must not forget. For the extroverted and outgoing person, the emotional aspect of WFH or #QuarantineLife can be trying and challenging.
Take a look at the picture below, which stage are you at in this emotional roller coaster journey while WFH and quarantine life?
Source: Alipay Facebook page
When you check out your friends, colleagues, relatives updates on their WFH, how do you feel? Are you able to relate and connect with them? Are you celebrating WFH? Are you doing mindless scrolling and toggling between phone apps, the cabin fever or even the longing for human interaction? We human beings experienced it to some degree, no doubt about that.
This current battle against Covid-19 might take longer than expected, it is not likely to end soon, that would also mean we have to continue with WFH and quarantine life for a bit longer. How would that change the future of WFH, we would be able to examine it post Covid-19 when it is under control and stabilised.
From learning new apps such as Zoom for work and teleconferencing, to finding own methods to cope and tide us through, we can do it via social media #StayHomeChallenges or Zoom games. Whether you are WFH or #quarantinelife, we must stay #SGUnited #SGTogether, stay at home, be safe, practice good personal hygiene, keep a safe social distancing if you have to go out, wear a mask.
WFH or #quarantinelife doesn’t mean no human connection or interaction, let’s leverage on technology, social media and communication apps to keep the human connection and interaction going while we fight this Covid-19 together.
* Information and picture courtesy of Archetype *