Work from home has been the new normal ever since the Covid-19 pandemic struck the world. While the initial reactions to this drastic change were rather welcoming due to the opportunity it gave employees to work from their comfort spaces, the novelty soon dissipated. With almost no boundaries between professional and personal lives, near to zero human interactions, and extended work hours, remote working has taken a toll on not only employee motivation but also mental health. While remote work is not a novel concept and has been around for some time, even with many companies making plans to transition into remote work in due time, and a limited few conducting their business remotely almost entirely, it is well-known that the reason why remote work suddenly became the need of the day is none other than the pandemic. Companies all over the world dove, head first, into a sort of forced remote work experiment. However, the virus has somehow broken through the technological, emotional, and behavioral barriers that prevented ‘work from home’ in the past. Despite the majority of employees returning to their workplaces, remote work has the potential to be persistent even after the pandemic comes to an end. Although working from home comes with a lot of benefits, motivation is something that has suffered owing to employees getting accustomed to remote work. Hence, it is important to understand how to stay motivated while working from home for better long-term results and consistency and to keep up with inevitable changes in the work environment.
Below are a few essential ways that are helpful in understanding how to stay motivated while working from home: