3 findings about telework after a year of confinement
If there is one thing we know about how long the pandemic will last, it’s that we know nothing. Therefore, it’s better to prepare for the worst and realise that we are living in a completely new reality that isn’t likely to change anytime soon. During this year of confinement, we have all had the time to analyse our situation; the positive, the negative, but also to learn a little more about ourselves and our environment. We’re presenting you with 3 important findings that will continue to dictate how we manage the well-being of our employees who are teleworking.
1. Keep close, even though physically distanced
One year of teleworking is also one year of videoconferencing. This means we’ve been intruding in the daily lives of our colleagues and clients. We’ve come to be acquainted with their dogs, their cats, their children, their spouses and their roommates. We have judged their sense of interior decoration at times, but most of all, we have experienced numerous spontaneous interruptions between briefs. On the other hand, this confinement has also led us to talk about real things, and to ask ourselves how we’re really doing.
2. Productivity in confinement: it’s not the same
Without agency life and the possibility of speaking personally with our colleagues between two meetings, numerous difficulties can arise. Add to that confinement and a curfew: inevitably we see our productivity go up and down like a yo-yo. We can’t control the environmental stress we’re going through presently, so whether we like it or not, our current productivity cannot match what we were used to previously. We all have our own “COVID cycle”, which is to say that some weeks things go well and others when things are more difficult.
3. Mental health is everybody’s business
We’ve been saying for a long time that mental health is important. We’re all human. We all have different degrees of tolerance for the unknown. What one person can tolerate can be a living hell for someone else. Having so much time alone to reflect on things brings its share of questions, of intense emotions and fatigue. Working in an environment where we are permitted to talk about such things allows us to realise that we’re not alone despite confinement.