Many people experience work-family conflict when working from home
Now you may have resolved a few spats since working from home and locked your office-bedroom door so you kids can’t bust in on daily business meetings, but working from home – for others – can be a minefield.
Work-family conflict can be divided into three types according to the South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences:
- Time-based: The demands of work make it impossible to meet the demands of home life
- Strain-based: Anxiety, irritability, fatigue and more from trying to balance work and home all in one go
- Behaviour-based: Conflicts between the behaviours you exhibit in your work role vs the behaviours you exhibit in your home role (like nurturing parent)
But by working from an office you can quite clearly separate these spheres and better fulfil your work role in an environment that fully supports, ah, working. This same journal gives us the goods with this here extract: “balancing one’s home and work domains in an effective manner could save an individual a lot of energy, and could help one to acquire optimal skills in both domains and to feel more in charge of the situation”. Now that sounds ideal. Win for the office, again? Perhaps!
But, we know that heading back to the office may mean you’re grappling with a few fears – getting sick, using public transport etc. So it all comes down to effectively managing any anxieties, chatting to bosses and co-workers and being transparent about where your head is at. But (again) we can’t forget that the office is where things happen – social cohesion, productive days, and a greater ability to focus since we’ve removed our work-family conflicts. So why not give it a try and come to Office & Co.
Not only are our office spaces fully COVID compliant and offer flexible, affordable space to knuckle down, but they’re just nice to be in…gorgeous to be in actually.
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