With many of us now working remotely, the standard working day feels incredibly out-of-date.
The freedom you get from working at home means this:
You’re able to choose the working times that are most suited to you.
Of course, there’ll always be meetings to attend at certain times. Commitments that you can’t move. If you’re in a management position, you’ll need to communicate to those that may need you when you will and when you won’t be available.
But I’m a firm believer in working when you’re at your most productive.
Presenteeism is a big issue in the modern workplace. This is the pressure of feeling like you have to “be there” when you’re not really “there” (e.g. you’re ill, or unfocused, or trying to “impress the boss”). It’s a massive productivity killer, and results in high stress and low morale.
For me personally, I work far better in the mornings. I’m bordering on useless come late afternoon. If I could work from 6am – 2pm each day, I know that my output would be so much better.
Right now, it may not even be the case of working when you’re most productive. It might just be working when it’s actually practical to do so.
With schools and nurseries closed, many are having to juggle working with looking after young children. If you’ve ever tried this, you’ll know it’s a virtually impossible ask.
Working at home can be a dream come true. For others, it’s a case of surviving rather than thriving. And that’s OK right now.
The companies that are understanding and empathetic of each person’s needs will be the ones that gain the most respect and loyalty from their employees long-term.
Hopefully, the acceptance that working to outputs, not to the clock, will be something that continues well after things get back to normal.