What aspects of office life do millennials miss? The ‘new normal’ isn’t being touted as an experimental, shaken up way of working anymore. And parts of the routine of pre-Covid life are evidently missed. So, do millennials still miss the office anymore after one year of pandemic work-life, working remotely?
Each generation has had its own unique challenges throughout the pandemic. But from a work perspective, Millennials have been given an opportunity to have significant flexibility that they often craved. […]
NOTES: Do Millennials Miss The Office Anymore After One Year of Pandemic Work-life?
The initial transition to remote work ignored the social aspects of office life – the holiday parties, the camaraderie, and war stories that are not always obvious or appreciated day to day. And this is where millennials are missing the benefits of in-person office interactions.
Another one that millennials are missing is the lack of micro-disruptions to a daily routine. And this is having a negative impact. They can no longer walk a different route between the station and the office. There has also been a stoppage of the coffee grabbing routine with a colleague. Ultimately work is impacted. There is no more instantaneous solving of small problems. And creativity plummets as individual’s ability to think of new ideas freezes without positive ‘disruptive’ interactions.
In-person training and development is also a key part of this conversation, particularly for onboarding new hires who want to feel they are part of a real team.
Interpersonal interaction is the cornerstone of successful business relationships and growth. The tangibility of those connections is important. Without them in the remote working world, something suffers. #HybridEpicWar: Brick & Mortar vs Remote.
Taking the good parts of office life and moving forward with them is the key. Get started by retaining social aspects of work-life, perhaps by creating structured flexibility,
There has been different surveys, reports, countless stories and write-ups about the debilitating effect of remote working which got into high speed magnet train with the COVID-19 pandemic. Offices moved into homes, then into kitchens, bedrooms, and people were practically sleeping with work. An indisputable infidelity ensured between work and workers; when the time and resources taken by work is considered with what is left for other life activities. Then, the threat of living online and its long-term impact on workers wellbeing became apparent to curious observers.
Between 20th April 2020 and 24th September 2020, the eWorklife research group surveyed 426 individuals who started working from home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. They also conducted 25 follow-up interviews with the surveyed individuals. This helped the research group to achieve an in-depth understanding of the challenges that new home workers are experiencing, and the impact that this has on workers’ wellbeing.
They found that working from home differs from working in the office in many respects, in such a way that it have the potential to affect workers’ physical and mental health. They concluded that the issues arising are unlikely to be solved solely on the part of the workers. But that it also requires urgent attention and support from employers and policymakers.
Earlier, the UK Parliament Lords’ Select Committee, COVID-19 Committee Inquiry, “Living Online: The Long-Term Impact On Wellbeing” had called for evidence. Therefore, the eWorklife research group responded to the Committee’s call by submitting the requested written evidence. They also responded to questions outlined in the ‘Work’ section in the Terms of Reference.
A report by Steelcase titledChanging Expectations and the Future of Work pinpointed five patterns of work-from-home experiences (though extreme categorization) based on people’s behaviours and attitudes. It’s important to note that it’s possible for people to associate themselves with more than one of the patterns.
First is the Overworked Caretaker who miss the office for the opportunity it provides to leave home responsibilities behind. Then you have the escapist from hostile work environment, the Relieved Self-Preservationist, who sees the home office as the only safe place. Frustrated Creative Networkers are the individuals who are conflicted about returning to the office. For them, the home office is a suspension from normal life and work.
No matter how others feel, Autonomy Seekers finally got their freedom through the home office. They are thrilled to work at their own rhythm, without someone constantly looking over their shoulder. Enjoying a level of control in designing their own work experience and feeling a greater sense of wellbeing at home. They are sharply contrasted by those to whom, home office is a lonely cage, the Isolated Zoomer. This is a group that values the office because it offers a way to separate work and life.
People have responded to the pandemic in different ways. Demonstrating different personas can also be a coping mechanism that some deployed when the pandemic impacted us as individuals; and changed our work and work-life. Yeah, another way how the pandemic has impacted our work-life balance.