In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work has become a permanent feature in most employees’ lives. While it has been hailed by many as a remedy for better work-life balance, the demands of this arrangement have also blurred the distinction between work and personal life, making it difficult to strike a proper work-life balance for many worldwide.
Remote work, especially during quarantine and lockdown circumstances, can place a mental strain on those who are trying to keep afloat and can lead to chronic burnout. This realisation of self-worth and mental health has led many to resign from workplaces with negative company cultures that do not prioritise employees’ well-being.
At the same time, balancing the work-life equation between your job and your personal life is truly a complex balancing act. Receiving an innocent work email at 6pm can set you back by a few hours if you decide to click on it, reply to it or perhaps even act on it.
Some might decide to move towards work-life integration (i.e. spend time folding clothes while listening in on a conference call). However, bear in mind that you still need to consciously balance “work” and “life”, and not allow work to take over.
Thus, everyone needs to put into place routines, set clear boundaries and create a mantra of sorts to safeguard their personal time and improve their work-life balance.