More than a year has passed since the introduction of the system for working from home. Although at first working all day in our overalls seemed rosy, many gradually began to burn out. The reduced workload, the inability to meet with colleagues, have a snack with them or drink hot tea with them and have a laugh or two at the water cooler also began to affect professionals. And to top it all off, the lack of fixed working hours has resulted in poor or lack of work-life balance for most people.
Mired in unrealistic expectations
“After endless toil, the worst is when bosses say you’re not doing enough,” regrets Sadhna Yadav, a resident of Ghaziabad, a social media manager who was forced to change jobs during the pandemic, unable to cope with “growing workload and unrealistic expectations. … ‘. “My employers thought we weren’t giving 100% just because we were at home. I came to this company thinking it would give me better opportunities and influence, but the unnecessary pressure to work continuously without interruptions really hit me hard, ”adds Yadav, who now works at the startup. She admits that she had to give up some of the perks offered by her previous organization, but now she finally has time for herself.
Navdeep Minhas faced a similar situation. A former media professional, this Delhi has suffered burnout over the past four months, so intense that he quit his high-paying job to join his family’s sewing business. “I entered the pitch out of passion, but the pressure drove me out. I understand that every job has its own requirements and I had no problem spending a few extra hours. But it got to the point where I often skipped meals and didn’t have time for anything other than work. Yes, I was paid a decent amount, but I soon realized that it was not worth sacrificing my health, ”he says.
And for Vinit Negi from Gurugram, the main problem was the lack of empathy on the part of employers for their employees. “While my loved one was struggling with Covid-19 in the hospital, I was not only asked to continue working, but no one bothered to test me and say two words of comfort. It was then that I realized there was no point in working this way, ”says Negi, who previously worked on social media for MNC and now launched his own YouTube channel, where he analyzes sports events.
Performance at risk
“Many people say that working from home is so convenient, but the last year has only been inconvenient. Long hours of work and the extra workload in the name of productivity seriously hurt my mental health. You need to be available on WhatsApp 24×7 in the name of work, and that has blurred the lines between personal and professional life. We talk so much about mental health priorities, but the reality is actually pretty grim, ”admits Ghaziabad resident Ravindra Kumar, a corporate specialist.
Delhi-based accountant Bhavesh Dua believes productivity has fallen. “Constant work from home in many cases led to a decrease in productivity. The mental torch that leads to frustration also builds up through isolation. To satisfy this, keep the atmosphere at work light and encourage entertainment among employees, ”he recommends.
Work, work, work, repeat
For those who are engaged not only in household chores, but also in the office, everything becomes more and more difficult. “I wake up, I work, I put things off for later, and this is a new day. After work, I have the time I spend washing dishes and dusting. There is no physical exercise here, ”laments Devyani Srivastava from Noida, who creates content.
‘Stuck in a rut’
“This year is just like a reminder that we are stuck at a dead end,” says Varsha Bannerji, an IT specialist of Delhi. “Personally, my goals, chaos at work and stress affected me. I went through emotional burnout, but I didn’t even have a break. Is this how work-life balance should be? ” she asks.
While some companies provide personal care leave for their employees, employed people feel that this alone is not enough. “Even if companies offer self-care leave, what’s the point if work interferes with your mental health?” – the Delilian woman Ashima Roy, who works in the hospitality industry, is surprised.
The way forward
Clinical psychologist Kamna Chibber believes that the balance between professional and personal spheres rests with both the individual and the organization with which he works. Giving advice to those struggling to maintain a work-life balance, she adds: “Focus on start and end times and talk to your managers and teams to make it easier to stay on that schedule. Understand that it’s okay to turn down a task if it’s common to show up outside of business hours. Take time to engage in relaxing activities; try to create a schedule that is somewhat flexible but planned enough so that you can include what you would like to do on a given day. Most importantly, learn to turn off your gadgets and disconnect from electronic media. “
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