Last year (Covid) started as a novelty for me, for the “working from home” concept. With the pandemic just started, hotels, businesses & offices closed, transport largely banned, etc, sitting at home in my shorts & Sadrah (Zoroastrian religious vest) and working on my computer was truly a novelty.
My wife & I still woke relatively early, as if it were a working day; but instead of going to the office, I made my way downstairs to the dining room with my laptop.
Come May 2020, my emotions got penned in https://dinshawavari.com/2020/05/20/a-case-for-not-working-from-home/.
From May 2020 to end December (businesses resumed around October), our corporate office changed the daily “suit” dress code to “very smart casual” attire (with a tie in our jacket pockets). In between my brother started coming daily to office; and I started on an alternate day basis- just to keep ourselves somewhat in the “routine”.
Now as we sit in April 2021 and I have come to the realization that through all this time – the working from home concept; the alternate working days; the dress code, etc – took it’s psychological toll on me!
Even though I was in office by 9am, my productivity actually dropped; I was lazy; day dreaming in office; procrastinating; and waiting to return home, with a glass of some “amber” liquid with ice & water … and then last week, someone brought it to my attention that this effect of the pandemic seems to be a general trend with others too. GOSH 😱 ! It’s taken over a year for this realization to sink in to me.
… So, to hell with our own office rules; to hell with “working at home”; to hell with the pandemic! My sanity was at stake – so back to office with full suit & tie 😊!!!!
… and yes, maybe it’s mental/psychological/what-not, I feel a physical and emotional change over my mental health, my outlook to life, my work habits and my productivity & output.
So, whatever the world at large may say about the benefits of “working from home” or the “home office”, my personal believe & experience says IT JUST DOESN’T CUT ICE!
Don’t get into the rut of the “home office” concept – GET YOUR ASS BACK TO WORK !!!