For most of us, the idea of working from home might have been something we dreamed about and planned about – it was not something that we would just suddenly find ourselves having to do. There are millions of people who during Covid-19 have suddenly found themselves having to work from home. Not only is there fear and anxiety about the disease, but workplace/home stress is leading to 68% of employees experiencing burnout – that’s according to Monster, the global online employment platform.
What’s worrying is that that percentage is up 20% from May this year! Workers aren’t taking enough time off to recharge because they fear they could well be the next to be laid off if they don’t bring in enough work.If you manage a remote team, there may come a point where you think that a member of your workforce seems unhappy. But how do you address this kind of issue within a virtual team? It might seem more complicated to sort out when your team is distributed, but it needn’t be.
These days working remotely is about sheer survival; it’s not a perk anymore, and people are feeling demotivated. Are you? That’s OK though; there are millions just like you who miss the team spirit at work, the bonding, the face-to-face interactions, laughter, and fun. Now, they are drawing on sparks of hope, motivational working from home quotes that are proving a powerful source of reassurance.
Put these quotes in on your wall while you work – because we are all in this together!
On building a stimulating working environment
“Staying home can be very lonely. … Try and remain calm. Listen to music, play a funny movie in the background–in the early years of launching my own coaching practice, old episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, literally saved my life and allowed my business to thrive. But, do whatever it takes to create a warm environment.”Carlota Zimmerman (career strategist)
On staying consistent and productive
“If you miss one day, try to get back into it as quickly as possible. The first mistake is never the one that ruins you. It is the spiral of repeated mistakes that follows. Missing once is an accident. Missing twice is the start of a new habit. This is a distinguishing feature between winners and losers. Anyone can have a bad performance, a bad workout, or a bad day at work. But when successful people fail, they rebound quickly.”James Clear
On dealing with overwhelm
“Being overwhelmed is often as unproductive as doing nothing, and is far more unpleasant. Being selective – doing less – is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest.”Timothy Ferriss
On finding joy at work
“We can shorten our workdays and add joy to our work if we learn to get ahold of activity clutter. Activity clutter comes from the things we do that take up precious time and sap our energy but don’t make a meaningful difference to our personal, professional, or even company’s mission. These things include meetings that don’t produce new information or better decisions, projects with little chance of being completed, and painstakingly polished presentations that lack substantive content. On average, we spend less than half our workday on our main job responsibilities, with the rest of our time taken up by interruptions, nonessential tasks, administrative tasks, emails, and meetings. “Marie Kondo
On having an end-of-day ritual
“At the end of the workday, shut down your consideration of work issues until the next morning— no after-dinner e-mail check, no mental replays of conversations, and no scheming about how you’ll handle an upcoming challenge; shut down work thinking completely. If you need more time, then extend your workday, …trying to squeeze a little more work out of your evenings might reduce your effectiveness the next day enough that you end up getting less done than if you had instead respected a shutdown”Cal Newport
It is now, more than ever, the time to be proactive about creating small moments of happiness in our days – psychology research says that positive emotions help us to undo the negative effects of stress. When we take charge of our mental health and capture those small moments of happiness, we can go further into the unknown. Positive emotions are the main resource for us during tough times because they increase our resilience; they increase our immunity and help us think more clearly.