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What Makes Working From Home So Frustrating?

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Microtransitions: What makes working from home so frustrating

Working from home increases frustration and can lead to potential conflicts between live-in partners. Sound familiar? But what are the things that makes working from home so frustrating?

During the pandemic, the suddenness of the transition and the availability of technology meant that people simply were not prepared for the round-the-clock stress of permeable demands for their attention.

In the working paper “Mitigation of Work-Family Frustration in Dual-Earner Couples during COVID-19: The Role of ICT Permeability, Planning, and Gender Effect,” Bocconi’s Massimo Magni, Associate Professor at the Department of Management and Technology, shows how the “work-life shock event” of COVID-19 creates a difficult dynamic in the home. […]

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Respondents reported an increase in frustration from the effort of continuous “micro-transitions.” The impact of the continuous work to reallocate energy, maintain concentration and adequately distribute cognitive resources in different spheres simultaneously.

The study also found that the frustration level was higher for women, given their greater responsibilities in the family sphere.

Planning can help alleviate this frustration, the study says. Behavioral planning helps set boundaries about when a partner can and cannot be disturbed. Temporal planning sets “off limits” times for uninterrupted concentration. Planning helps make these micro-transitions manageable.

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How Work-Life Balance Can Make You a Better Employee

Achieving perfect equality between work and life is a myth. However, and it is far more beneficial to focus on the quality of time you’re spending both personally and professionally — and not so much on the quantity.

When work is all-consuming, it can result in feelings of powerlessness and resentment. Getting back a healthier sense of work-life balance could help to better recharge. This can get back you in touch with the aspects of your job that you loved in the first place.

There’s a time and place for hard work, but always remember that at the end of the day, the best thing you can do is step back and give yourself a chance to reset.

Work-life balance is the key to avoiding burnout. When people sleep well, they have time to handle their lives, families, health and recreation, they are better rested, less anxious and more energetic.

When people have time to experience different things — outside of work and colleagues — they are more creative. Innovating and solving thorny problems requires lateral thinking. The stimuli that comes from reading, exercise, nature and having conversations with non-colleagues enhances that. Our non-work experiences provide more sources of ideas.

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