As cloud technologies have increased the possibility of remote working, we can now log into our workspaces from anywhere at anytime. The concept of remote working has also led to the rising trend of flexible work amongst the world’s top employers.
In 2018 the workplace witnessed the highest annual growth in flexible working across APAC by 35% in Hong Kong, over 40% in Shanghai and Singapore continuing its growth story having now more than tripled since 2015. With three-quarters (73%) of Australian workers favoring jobs offering flexible work, more people are opting to work from home.
This is supported by research from Ikea, which showed that one in four people now work from home; more than ever before. For many of us this means splitting work between a traditional office and the home. Working from home
can eliminate occupational stressors such as long commutes and office politics. However, in the home, the traditional support structures of the office don’t exist; if a home isn’t suitable for work remote work can actually lead to more stress.
To see if your home is suitable for work, consider what Ikea researchers call the five ‘emotional needs’ of home, to see if your home can handle the workload:
This isn’t just about financial security or deadbolts. “Security is about feeling safe and grounded wherever you are.”
This is about having control over a space that allows you to disconnect. One of the challenges for people who work from home can be turning off at the end of the day. Try designate work space and work hours, to avoid work spilling into the rest of your life.
Ensure you have a level of control of your space. If your home is crowded or noisy, working from home might add to your stress levels.
Do you feel a part of something, and accepted for who you are? this is important to most people, so a sense of belonging at your workplace can add to the overall satisfaction with your work.
If you feel at ease in your surroundings this means you are comfortable. However, don’t let a sense of comfort allow you to get distracted, lazy or complacent if you work from home. Challenge is important for maintaining interest in your work.