Whilst lockdown has been a long and tedious experience, it may have had a positive long-term effect on work-life balance. The requirement to stay and work at home has taught a lot of employers a really valuable truth, which is that staff don’t actually need to be in the office to be productive. In fact, many businesses have even let their employees know that they won’t need to come back into the office until 2021.
Businesses are hoping that allowing their staff to work from home will make them happier, healthier and more productive. On average in the UK, the commute to work takes 58.5 minutes and costs £146 per month in travel, so eliminating this can be very beneficial. Sport England found that thanks to zero commute, 33% of adults are using their extra time to exercise more, which is great for improving both physical and mental health.
Across the globe in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has even suggested that they are considering introducing a four-day working week – she says this would encourage domestic tourism and still maintain high productivity levels.
People are also adapting to and enjoying a slower pace of life, which is great for reducing stress levels. Many of us are cycling more, taking long walks or trying new things. In the Levenshulme area of Manchester, they’re starting a transformation to become the city’s first ‘active neighbourhood.’ Their prioritising pedestrians and cyclists rather than motorists, and their even turning car parking spots into mini recreational spaces with benches, games or greenery.
Having a healthy work-life balance is essential as it reduces stress levels and helps to prevent burnout in the workplace. Stress is one of the most prevalent health issues in the workplace and it can lead to physical problems too life hypertension, digestive troubles, chronic aches, pains and heart problems. It can also lead to depression, anxiety and insomnia.
Have you noticed that you have a better work-life balance following lockdown? We’d love to know!
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