Remote work and mental health
In 2018, in the European Union, 10% of employees worked from home in full or part time. This trend is also growing on the Romanian labor market. Choosing to leave the workplace, especially when it comes to your mental health, has major advantages and disadvantages.
A lot of people choose to work from home as remote work will remove some of the burdens that go along with going to the office every day: commuting, work under the control of a supervisor or attend meetings.
Many people may feel completely freed by the independence and flexibility they get because they have fewer rules to follow and have the time they want. Working from home can be a solution that reduces stress and brings more happiness to your life, especially if you feel limited by your hours, commute or office environment.
For some people , working from home can pose a risk to their mental health, causing feelings of isolation and disconnection. When you do not have to go to the office daily, you lose opportunities for social contact and regular communication with co-workers. Some people are in absolute need of feedback and encouragement in a work environment. Many people are not able to set boundaries because the demarcation line between work and home is no longer as visible as before.
Successful adaptation to a work environment at home depends on a number of different factors, such as your life situation, health, temperament, work culture, behaviors and daily duties. Before taking this step it is very important to seriously reflect on what accomplishes you as a human being and what motivates you as a worker, if you want the independence and space to work, or you prefer to interact with people on a regular basis. Self-control, good organization, self-determination, self-motivation and being a great communicator are important for working from home. It is very important to establish a working space and a well-defined work schedule. Last but not least, at home you have to take care of the health of your monitor and electronic equipment, as you no longer have an IT department at your disposal.
If you are a person prone to depression, working from home has the potential to exacerbate your feelings of isolation and make you feel useless and inactive.Working from home obviously leads to the loss of personal development opportunities through interaction, makes you less visible (even for a promotion) and limits access to the resources present at the office.
For some, remote work arrangements may work well, while others prefer to work face-to-face with their teammates If you have tried to work from home and are looking for a change, please contact our recruitment team to start exploring new opportunities.