Blurb from the author: I have been to WFH on certain days, but I was still looking forward to the prospect of a longer WFH period at the beginning of the MCO. Until I became so stressed by the change in my daily routine that I had migraines almost every day of the first week of WFH.
With my own experience, I wanted to know what other millennials think of WFH after doing it for over 2 months now.
Of the 8 millennials I interviewed, 7 already had WFH experience, be it occasionally or several years earlier (as a self-employed person).
For those of us who only have WFH once in a while, I would say that we never really had a chance to really experience the pros and cons of it.
This MCO definitely questioned some expectations, but first the positive ones.
Ways of living up to the hype
When it comes to WFH, one of the biggest advantages must be that Time you save in one day.
In addition, you no longer have to get up early to overcome the annoying traffic jams so that you can start your working day in a better mood.
Caryn, 29 years old and a teacher, is pleased that she can now wake up later and be more attentive at work. “It used to take me about 30 minutes to get to work and an hour to get home every day. It is a waste of time, which also tires me unnecessarily. "
With her extra time, she was able to cook healthier meals for herself and find innovative ways to motivate her students.
25-year-old Jia Yi works in an advertising agency. With her extra time, she was able to help clean her house and take special care of her dog.
Since everyone is at home all day thanks to the MCO, 26-year-old Aina mentioned that this allowed her to spend more time with her family.
She works as a paralegal in a law firm. On normal days, she came home late at night and was too exhausted to mingle with the family.
arrival to Design your own work area and the work style at home is also a bonus as you can personalize your work experience better than in the office.
- Arif's current WFH setup
- Anna's extremely organized WFH setup
- Jia Yi during her WFH setup with her dog Bubba as a companion
While he has since adapted as a work area to a common area of his home, the 27-year-old Arif, who works for a regulated cryptocurrency exchange, plans to expand his entire bedroom with a suitable work area.
Anna, 26, worked in a PR company where she usually has to dress a little, and said that her productivity has increased a lot because she is now doing it wear her comfortable clothes and listen to their work playlist (lo-fi if someone is wondering) openly without headphones as it doesn't bother colleagues.
It is also more efficient during WFH because it tends to do so Work in short productivity spurtswhat the usual 8-hour start-to-end workday doesn't offer too well.
Jia Yi felt the same way and said, "I can just take a short break on the couch or play with my dog when I'm tired or stressed. When I'm in the office, I tend to look busy and work, no matter what happens. "
Another advantage of WFH is of course the fact that you Save money on transportation and grocery costs.
"You could say that I would currently only spend 25% of what I would normally spend monthly," said Arif, and the joy of being able to save was confirmed by the other millennials.
Possibilities that did not live up to the hype
Many of us now realize how self-evident we take our fast office WLAN for granted.
Connectivity issues Aina said: “My workflow and speed were disrupted by the internet connection. It really stressed me out because we might have to work, but the internet saved me. "
- Bing Hans brightly lit WFH setup
- In contrast, Alanna's completely curtain-up WFH setup
- Justin's WFH setup with a mix of light and dark
25-year-old Justin, who is the video editor for our sister brand Clocking In, also had problems with data transmission. Another problem he highlighted concerned the Lack or difficulty in social interaction.
Our 34-year-old CTO, Bing Han, misses being able to have face-to-face conversations with colleagues (us) over lunch, which was exacerbated by the MCO's limitations.
During the MCO, he also found that WFH was not that easy to handle since his children are now always at home with the schools closed.
Would you want WFH permanently?
In short, the resounding answer was "no". While WFH did justice to certain hype, it also had drawbacks that were to be expected anyway.
Sure, there are ways we can work around these drawbacks, but all millennials agreed that they would prefer a mix of in-office and WFH days over a permanent WFH. It would be just the right balance.
Although 25-year-old Alanna, who works for a digital marketing agency, would like to save more time and money commuting, she realized the following: "I enjoy this everyday inconvenience and would prefer not to work from home, because they offer me a way to de-focus, which is very important, especially when I encounter a mental block. "
Justin also came to the conclusion that it is important to be able to “loosen up”. "I think WFH can be implemented for long periods of time if it is needed by the whole company, but probably not in the long term (like months of it) because there is a job and a place for personal time."
"If both of these places are at home, it can affect the work-life balance as a whole."
Bottom line: Initially, this long-term WFH period was something new, something I had never done before, hence my excitement. However, now I can confidently say that I am over this whole WFH thing. Take me back to the office! (Of course, with all safety precautions.)
- Read more about what we wrote about WFH here.
Selected image source: Caryn