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remote worker experiencing the struggle of zoom fatigue and pandemic workplace burnout

Lessons Learnt from Pandemic Workplace Burnout

Last week, I saw a post on LinkedIn from a connection of mine who was talking about pandemic-related burnout.

For so long, many of us in the working world have been campaigning for a better work-life balance, asking our employers for an option to work flexi-time, or even work from home in a part-time or full-time capacity.

It wasn’t always an easy ask, and it certainly wasn’t always granted.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced us all to work from home, where possible, to avoid the spread of the virus. All of a sudden, for many, our wishes were granted and the dream of working from home became a reality.

But at what price?

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A remote working set up from a third workplace like a cafe, coffee shop, hotel lobby, hotel room or even a library thanks to the perks of flexible working and hybrid working

Adding 'Third Workplaces' to the Mix of Flexible Working

As the world gets to grips with a post-pandemic way of working, not everyone is in a rush to get back to the office, but not everyone wants to continue to work from home, which is also often their sanctuary too.

A ‘third workplace’ concept seems to be the current trend, although it won’t be anything new to those who are accustomed to remote working and therefore won’t be surprised to hear that more and more people are choosing to work in cafes, restaurants or hotel lobbies.

However, these ‘third workplaces’ are a brilliant idea for businesses that are having to diversify due to the pandemic.

 

In this article I read recently, a restaurant in New York, which doesn’t usually serve food until after 5pm, has turned into a co-working space during the day. Not only does it open itself up to a different type of clientele, but it’s also another way of generating revenue in what has been a really tough year.

As business owners, our environment influences our performance. The office doesn’t always lend itself to thinking space, while being boxed into the spare room at home with minimal space to move isn’t always conducive to our best work either.

Having a third place to escape to certainly comes with many benefits.

Private members clubs such as Soho House and Babington House, and co-working spaces, such as WeWork and Regus have been providing spaces for people to work from for years, as an alternative to being in the office.

Obviously during lockdown we no longer had access to these spaces, so we really were stuck at home.

But now? Now our needs have changed yet again. A space to work isn’t just about having access to wifi and tea and coffee, now we’re thinking more about the environment in which we’re in.

A busy cafe, a hotel lobby or even a library aren’t the best solution for taking work calls. Equally, not having access to a bright open space can stunt creative thinking.

Our mental health and having thinking space is now more of a priority when choosing where we work from.

But an age-old problem still exists, and isn’t going to go away any time soon. That problem? Feeling isolated and disconnected from the rest of your team. How do you recreate an office environment when the team is dispersed all over the country, the country, or even the world?

Yes, being around others will help you feel less alone, but you’re still not physically or emotionally connecting with your colleagues. And while you can use video conferencing tools such as Zoom or Skype, taking work calls in a public space isn’t always a viable option.

This is why Wurkr works.

And is the exact reason why Annil and I are so passionate about it, because it bridges the gap, it brings a remote, dispersed workforce together so that they can truly work together, they can still feel connected and feel part of a team .

 

Pre-lockdown, many remote workers missed human connection, but it came with the remote-working territory. As if choosing to work remotely means that you’re choosing to cut off the human connection element. 

But since the world has had to work remotely, the human connection element is now more of a necessity, rather than a nice-to-have. 

And it makes sense, because you can’t really understand something unless you’ve experienced it personally.

During the pandemic most office-based businesses have had to rely on remote working, with everyone being in the same boat. Now that the world is re-opening, it’s up to us to create a way of working that promotes a positive experience for everyone.

A solution that keeps us connected and engaged and interacting with each other, whether we’re working at opposite desks or on the other side of the world. 

So while I think these ‘third workplaces’ offer a different option in terms of your working environment, the need to stay connected and the need for human interaction is a basic need that still needs to be met.

Try Wurkr! Sign up for your own virtual workspace and start working flexibly today : www.wurkr.io

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Remote worker working from home using the virtual office platform Wurkr to stay connected and wotk from anywhere

Wurkr, My Accidental Journey

I wanted to share a tiny piece about where we are at Wurkr from a personal perspective in case it may be of interest to those on a similar journey. As many of you who know me know it’s been quite an unexpected journey to this point. Really not a planned career move as is often the case I guess. Because Wurkr evolved out of a genuine need for me to work flexibly I have a real passion for the platform.

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A work from anywhere set up facilitated by the Wurkr virtual office platform which allows people to work remotely and from anywhere.

Work From Anywhere That Works

If you’ve been following me for a while and read the content that I share, it may seem as though I’m a bit of ‘anti’ when it comes to the traditional business model of working in an office, or a single place of work. In reality, I’m not anti-office at all, but I am passionate about encouraging organisations to allow the workforce to work from anywhere, wherever works for them. I say this not as a response to the current requirement to work from home but as a long term necessary step.

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A remote worker trying to figure out the true meaning of Tech For Good

What is Tech For Good?

The phrase ‘tech for good’ is something that has certainly risen in popularity in recent years. Perhaps even recent months. But have we forgotten about the literal meaning of the phrase? Is it now used as a way for organisations to tick a box when it comes to their green credentials, rather than using tech to create change?

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Posts by

Tim Lloyd

remote worker experiencing the struggle of zoom fatigue and pandemic workplace burnout

Lessons Learnt from Pandemic Workplace Burnout

Last week, I saw a post on LinkedIn from a connection of mine who was talking about pandemic-related burnout.

For so long, many of us in the working world have been campaigning for a better work-life balance, asking our employers for an option to work flexi-time, or even work from home in a part-time or full-time capacity.

It wasn’t always an easy ask, and it certainly wasn’t always granted.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced us all to work from home, where possible, to avoid the spread of the virus. All of a sudden, for many, our wishes were granted and the dream of working from home became a reality.

But at what price?

Read More
A remote working set up from a third workplace like a cafe, coffee shop, hotel lobby, hotel room or even a library thanks to the perks of flexible working and hybrid working

Adding 'Third Workplaces' to the Mix of Flexible Working

As the world gets to grips with a post-pandemic way of working, not everyone is in a rush to get back to the office, but not everyone wants to continue to work from home, which is also often their sanctuary too.

A ‘third workplace’ concept seems to be the current trend, although it won’t be anything new to those who are accustomed to remote working and therefore won’t be surprised to hear that more and more people are choosing to work in cafes, restaurants or hotel lobbies.

However, these ‘third workplaces’ are a brilliant idea for businesses that are having to diversify due to the pandemic.

 

In this article I read recently, a restaurant in New York, which doesn’t usually serve food until after 5pm, has turned into a co-working space during the day. Not only does it open itself up to a different type of clientele, but it’s also another way of generating revenue in what has been a really tough year.

As business owners, our environment influences our performance. The office doesn’t always lend itself to thinking space, while being boxed into the spare room at home with minimal space to move isn’t always conducive to our best work either.

Having a third place to escape to certainly comes with many benefits.

Private members clubs such as Soho House and Babington House, and co-working spaces, such as WeWork and Regus have been providing spaces for people to work from for years, as an alternative to being in the office.

Obviously during lockdown we no longer had access to these spaces, so we really were stuck at home.

But now? Now our needs have changed yet again. A space to work isn’t just about having access to wifi and tea and coffee, now we’re thinking more about the environment in which we’re in.

A busy cafe, a hotel lobby or even a library aren’t the best solution for taking work calls. Equally, not having access to a bright open space can stunt creative thinking.

Our mental health and having thinking space is now more of a priority when choosing where we work from.

But an age-old problem still exists, and isn’t going to go away any time soon. That problem? Feeling isolated and disconnected from the rest of your team. How do you recreate an office environment when the team is dispersed all over the country, the country, or even the world?

Yes, being around others will help you feel less alone, but you’re still not physically or emotionally connecting with your colleagues. And while you can use video conferencing tools such as Zoom or Skype, taking work calls in a public space isn’t always a viable option.

This is why Wurkr works.

And is the exact reason why Annil and I are so passionate about it, because it bridges the gap, it brings a remote, dispersed workforce together so that they can truly work together, they can still feel connected and feel part of a team .

 

Pre-lockdown, many remote workers missed human connection, but it came with the remote-working territory. As if choosing to work remotely means that you’re choosing to cut off the human connection element. 

But since the world has had to work remotely, the human connection element is now more of a necessity, rather than a nice-to-have. 

And it makes sense, because you can’t really understand something unless you’ve experienced it personally.

During the pandemic most office-based businesses have had to rely on remote working, with everyone being in the same boat. Now that the world is re-opening, it’s up to us to create a way of working that promotes a positive experience for everyone.

A solution that keeps us connected and engaged and interacting with each other, whether we’re working at opposite desks or on the other side of the world. 

So while I think these ‘third workplaces’ offer a different option in terms of your working environment, the need to stay connected and the need for human interaction is a basic need that still needs to be met.

Try Wurkr! Sign up for your own virtual workspace and start working flexibly today : www.wurkr.io

Read More
Remote worker working from home using the virtual office platform Wurkr to stay connected and wotk from anywhere

Wurkr, My Accidental Journey

I wanted to share a tiny piece about where we are at Wurkr from a personal perspective in case it may be of interest to those on a similar journey. As many of you who know me know it’s been quite an unexpected journey to this point. Really not a planned career move as is often the case I guess. Because Wurkr evolved out of a genuine need for me to work flexibly I have a real passion for the platform.

Read More
A work from anywhere set up facilitated by the Wurkr virtual office platform which allows people to work remotely and from anywhere.

Work From Anywhere That Works

If you’ve been following me for a while and read the content that I share, it may seem as though I’m a bit of ‘anti’ when it comes to the traditional business model of working in an office, or a single place of work. In reality, I’m not anti-office at all, but I am passionate about encouraging organisations to allow the workforce to work from anywhere, wherever works for them. I say this not as a response to the current requirement to work from home but as a long term necessary step.

Read More
A remote worker trying to figure out the true meaning of Tech For Good

What is Tech For Good?

The phrase ‘tech for good’ is something that has certainly risen in popularity in recent years. Perhaps even recent months. But have we forgotten about the literal meaning of the phrase? Is it now used as a way for organisations to tick a box when it comes to their green credentials, rather than using tech to create change?

Read More