Working from home has been the norm for many people for quite some time now since the coronavirus pandemic first hit. And it may be a while – if ever – before things shift back to the way they used to be.
As great as it can be to “go to work” in your favorite sweatpants, remote work also comes with unique challenges as you strive to stay healthy, successful, and productive. Here are some hurdles that may feel familiar to you, along with tips to jump them and put them behind you:
Yup, it’s a real thing. After months of videoconferencing, Zoom fatigue is another name for mental exhaustion from having to focus on coworkers’ faces for long periods to make sure you’re paying attention. It’s also known as a “constant gaze.” As noted by the Wall Street Journal, another unfortunate outcome can be decreased productivity.
Pressure to Keep Up Your Performance
It’s normal to feel like you have to “prove yourself” more when you work from home. After all, your manager and coworkers aren’t around to keep an eye on you and this can get in your head, to the point where you may feel pressed to work a lot more than you would at the office.
More so than at the office – though they certainly exist there, as well! – any number of types of distractions can break your concentration when you’re working from home.
Without your team members around, working from home can feel too quiet or lonely at times. And with pandemic restrictions in place, it’s not like you can meet your friends afterwards for drinks or plan a weekend group getaway.
For additional tips to be more successful at work – wherever that is for you right now – and keep your career on the growth path in 2021, contact the PrideStaff Modesto team today. Benefit from our professional coaching, resources, extensive client network, and more. We look forward to working with you this year!