Wellbeing

Reflecting on the risk of overwork

I was interviewed for the Shield GEO blog all about working from home and the risk of overwork.

We can look at this in terms of working hours (and we know that home-workers tend to work longer than their office-based counterparts) or just the strain of managing the interface between the professional and the private.

Whatever our perspective, it’s a complex issue and all the more relevant during a global pandemic.

You can read the full article here, but for me, the key points are:

  • We need to support people working from home, through the provision of training and the proper equipment to do their jobs.
  • Home workers need to identify a sustainable working pattern and take take of their psychological, physical and social wellbeing.
  • Employers need to be clear on expectations for availability and engage proactively in communication with team members who work from home.
  • Working from home requires the identification and ongoing management of boundaries between what is work and what is personal.

(Photo by Corinne Kutz on Unsplash)

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