April Bonus Content
It’s a fact — Amercian employees work from home now. The outbreak of COVID-19 made the transition from standard brick and mortar office space to home office space inevitable. But as nice as working from home is, it isn’t without its drawbacks.
7 Biggest Drawbacks of Working From Home
1.) Virtual Meetings
For starters, we have gone from meeting with our co-workers, supervisors, and clients face-to-face to using digital meeting rooms, such as Google Meets, Zoom, and Skype. This makes essential factes of business, like communication, workflow, and accountabliltiy, challenging. In certain situations, it even diminsihes productivity.
On top of that, we’re having to learn to negotiate around distracting backgrounds, kids, spouses, pets, various house noises, and strange work attire.
2.) Lack of Community
It is difficult generating and building working relationships through digital devices. For the most part, face-to-face interaction has fallen by the wayside. And as hard as we might try, there is no substitute for in-person camaraderie. This is especially true for new employees.
Before COVID-19, when you were hired for a new job you went into the office, met all the friendly new faces, and most likely were trained by a specific person for a period of time. Now, many hiring managers are concerned about hiring remote employees because they are uncertain if the culture of the company will remain strong and intact.
From the new employee’s point-of-view, you’re left to rely on Slack messages, e-mails, phone calls, and virtual meetings to stay afloat, which makes it hard to settle in and stay up to speed.
3.) Lack of Communication
Communication is key in many areas of our lives, but especially so in our work lives. If an organization and potential client cannot learn how to communicate effectively through technology, the project will undoubtedly fall apart.
Likewise, if employers and employees cannot communicate efficiently, then work will start to fall through the cracks, deadlines will be missed, frustration will run rampant, and clients will walk out the door.
While adequate communication was hard enough in a centralized office space, remote workers now have to deal with various, almost overwhelming communication streams. Again, this often leads to workfow, productivity, and deliverable issues.
4.) Low Reliability & Retention
It is unrealistic to hire remote works for certain projects, such as in-depth SEO and content creation, and expect excellent or even good results. Remote workers tend to view jobs as a stepping stones or waypoints onto bigger and better things. And since the team spirit is harder to cultivate, remote workers often feel no guilt about moving on to new opportunities that come their way.
Moreover, how do handle remote workers who never turn in work, don’t return emails or phone calls, and have no one to answer to? Training outstanding remote employees who are reliable and willing to stick it out are far and few between, which means business owners are caught between a rock and a hard place.
5.) Lack of Accountability
In the old days, you usually had upper-level managment hovering over your shoulder and keeping an eye on things. Now, working remotely means more freedom, less accountability, and more work to be done. The issue is projects are frequently forgotten or not given sufficient attention. All of this means owners have a hard time gauging and evaluating productivity.
It’s almost impossible to monitor and hold a remote team accountable — mainly because the standard measures of management and performance, such as time in and out, have gone out the window.
Furthermore, it is harder to keep virtual teams accountable because aspects like friendship and camaraderie that encourage accountability are seemingly nonexistent.
6.) Logistical Hurdles
For my first job out of college I worked for a relatively new marketing/advertsing agency as a project manager. Of course, I worked from home, which lead to some logistic problems with my paycheck. I brought the issue to my boss’s attention, but the delay in payment was never corrected and eventually I left.
This is just one example out of many people across the globe are having to deal with now almost everyone works from home.
7.) Loss of Productivity
Working from home with little to no oversight is fine for self-starters and responsible folks, but is not so great for junior and/or unproven teammates. With all the allure of a couch, mid-day naps, Netflix, video games, happy hour, online stores, and whatever else small distractions there are in a day, it’s no wonder that managers worry about work productivity for their employees out of the office. Unfortunately, they are at the mercy of beckoning chores and pantries full of things to snack on.
Where Does Chiropractic Come Into Play?
By now, you’re probably wondering how chiropractic care figures into all of this. Well, working from home doesn’t just affect your work life — it also takes a toll on your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. While some home office setups feature comfortable, ergonomic furniture meant to support productivity and functional health, people who rarely worked from home prior to the pandemic, had little reason to invest in a home office.
As a result, many workers are conducting business from their kitchen tables, bedrooms, or couches. There’s nothing wrong with working from where it’s most convenient; however, without a proper setup, you’re much more likely to experience headaches, neuro-musculoskeletal pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Highly-skilled and well-educated primary healthcare physicians like chiropractors are specialized to manage and treat such health conditions and many others. Doctors of Chiropractic work off of their knowledge, a comprehensive exam, discussion of your lifestyle and symptoms, and proven hands-on techniques to carefully customize a unique care plan to help improve your health, ensure you feel better, and guarantee you’re more productive.
In addition, a chiropractor is trained to recommend office furniture that’s comfortable and supportive. They can also improve your neuro-musculoskeletal health by providing nutritional advice, lifestyle advice, exercises, and stretches. Whatever the course of action, they can tweak your plan as necessary, ensuring you achieve the desired outcome.
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