Depending on when your organization issued a mandatory stay at home order for non-essential personnel, you may have been working at home during a lockdown or quarantine period.
Quite a number of employees are finding themselves working longer hours than they normally would have been if they were in the office. What is the reason for this recent phenomenon? Well, we can attribute COVID19 as the cause of this.
With absolutely no commute time to and from work, or other responsibilities, such as Dr’s appointments, school functions, etc., it’s easier to tack on additional hours to the workday or feel like you need to be “on” to ensure work gets done prior to you logging off. That’s not healthy at all.
Keep in mind that although you are working from home, the same principles of well-being should apply as if you were in the office. You must take care of yourself and in order to do that, it is necessary to balance yourself, work and family. How do you do that during this difficult time? By giving much attention to each one without having to sacrifice the other.
Ask yourself, is it reasonable that after I have worked 12 hours, I can now give that same energy to my family or take time to decompress? The answer is probably not.