Back in 2019, the International Workplace Group company engaged in the workplace recovery found that 80% of office workers would like to work on a more flexible schedule and spend more time at home.
Today this wish is fulfilled in many countries of the world. Many companies liked the results so much that even after the pandemic, they do not plan to return their employees to offices. For example, the microblogging service Twitter is considering allowing some of its workforce to continue working from home “forever” if they choose.
Psychologists, nutritionists and fitness experts, together with the developers of the DirectlyApply job search platform tried to piece together what is becoming normal about office work and where it might be headed in future.
Here is a portrait that looks not really good. A worker doing remote work who does not need to wake up early, spend time to prepare himself for office work, drive his own car or use public transport to reach the workplace, and communicate with colleagues, looks even more tired than a full-time worker. He has a Computer Vision Syndrome, which include dry sore eyes with constant baggy lower eyelids, pale and wrinkled skin, and weak hair due to the lack of vitamin D that we get from the sun.
In addition, such employee will have problems like overweight, spine strains due to reduced physical activity and uncomfortable sit at chair while using a computer, pain in the neck and tech neck syndrome, hand deformation due to the constant constant use of a mouse and keyboard.
Remote work mode also affects the mental state. There is less live communication, and a chaotic mode of work, since it is very difficult to adhere to an effective schedule at home, and it leads to stress. Stress can lead to the blood pressure increase, problems with the heart and blood vessels, and many other diseases.
During the working day, we are doing work and even more. We communicate, learn news, exchange ideas, move a lot from one colleague to another, eat more or less on time, learn something new and go out into the fresh air at least to get back home. This is a burden on the body.
On weekends, to relieve the stress of the workweek, we go to the countryside, to the cinema or just invite guests. It is also activity.
Yes, researchers are sure that the working day for millions of people after the pandemic will no longer be the same. And office work sooner or later (for certain specialties this has happened today) will be a thing of the past.
However, instead of the usual 8-hour working day with lunch break, employers and employees themselves will have to create a schedule to be able to play sports, chat live with other people and avoid using a computer or work on papers 24 hours a day and seven days a week.