As Covid 19 restrictions ease, many companies demand their employees to be back at the office. And although we may feel that we’ve been waiting for this day to come for the past two years, numerous people can’t help but feel disheartened and saddened with the idea now that it is happening.
While some already put their feet down and left to embrace the new lifestyle and workstyle. How about the others, are you prepared to go back to working in the office? Well, we weighed in the pros and cons of the Great Resignation for you.
MORE FOCUS ON WORK
They say there is a fine line between work and personal matter, but when working at home, there is this uncomfortable mix of the two. It’s like you don’t know when the right time is to engage with family and coworkers. Most people also find it challenging to recognize the beginning and end of work during the WFH setup; you’re always at work but always at home. Unlike when you are sitting behind the desk in your office. You know exactly what to do and who to interact with during this period.
There is nothing like human interaction when creating that strong bond in work. Yes, you may still have interaction through your online meetings and events. But these will not build the same level of culture and commitment as having to see your coworkers, planning and brainstorming face to face, having lunch with them, spending the happy hour with them after a week of deadlines, and whatnot.
STRUCTURE IN THE COMPANY
The structure of the company and the system of activities help guide employees in achieving targets and goals. And sometimes, you can’t just fully grasp the directions and workflow or feel the gravity of these activities when you work at home.
It is easier for the company to gauge if the employees are suitable for the position, and employees to assess if they like the job when they work at the actual site, as opposed to working at home when there is no one to measure your attitude under pressure, how you interact with your coworkers, your knowledge, and skills.
GIVING UP ON FREEDOM AND FLEXIBILITY
Although you still have a schedule to follow while working at home, it still gives you more breathing room to design how your day goes by; more freedom in creating and altering your calendar. And this is one of the things you have to give up when you return to the office.
LESS OPPORTUNITY TO TRY NEW THINGS
Many people found their passion and calling during the pandemic; some even opened their businesses, while some tried activities they didn’t even think about doing in the first place. Once you work back to the office with 8-5 shifts, five times a day, it will be harder for you again to try the new recipe you came across, the current workout routine from your favorite blogger, and even the latest hobbies and trends.
You may have gotten comfortable working in your sweatpants or even pajamas for the last two years but going back to the office means you have to put your best foot forward again. Say hello to your heels, pantsuit, pencil skirt, and blazers again because they will be making a huge comeback.
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