Remote work offers several advantages, such as reducing travel time, doing housework or using what you want, but it also interrupts work routines, productivity and increases stress levels.
And according to new research commissioned by Panadol, our ability to take time off has been successful, with more than a third (35 percent) of workers saying they feel too scared to take sick leave and more than half (51 percent) saying they are more stressed and struggling to get things done.
The Australian National Medical Officer has effectively banned workers from reporting to work sick, especially during the pandemic.
“Everyone stays home when they are not well, no matter how mild the cold or cough is, stay home when they are not well and please have a COVID test,” said Dr. Brendan Murphy last week.
“No more heroics of coming to work with a cough, cold and sore throat. That is off the agenda for all Australians for the foreseeable future. Please.”
But remote work means that if you’re catching a cold, you’re in the comfort of your own home and presents new complications to the concept of “calling in sick.”
Workplace wellness and resilience expert Springfox CEO Stuart Taylor said there was “a certain irony” in being afraid to call the sick, since we make that call from home anyway.
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“For some reason, it stems from an unvalidated assumption about what the leader is thinking,” he said.
But this is an opportunity to strengthen your relationship and build trust with your manager.
“Trust is the human antidote to fear. When there is trust, both parties assume the best. Without trust, the opposite is true, ”he said.
“Regarding the need to take sick leave, communication and transparency are key. In any case, it is to be expected that a leader’s response capacity will be greater given the health crisis and the organizational change that is upon us. “
In fact, professional insights expert Jay Munro said working from home, especially if it’s a new practice for workers and bosses, will often blur the lines between our professional and personal lives.
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The investigation also revealed that more than two-thirds (68 percent) of workers find it difficult to quit, and almost three-quarters (72 percent) of Australians have worked overtime.
“The fact that many are effectively homebound can make us feel guilty if we are unable or unwilling to work outside of normal business hours, and this sentiment can extend to taking annual or personal vacations.”
But it is particularly important, especially during self-isolation, that we take time for our health and well-being, whether for physical or mental health, he said, adding that learning to draw boundaries would be important.
“It is also important to consciously incorporate structure into our new way of working to fit individual circumstances and clearly define when we work and when we have downtime.”
Teams and managers will have to evolve along with the situation, Munro said, so everyone should have the mindset to adapt to circumstances.
“Flexible work hours can be a key strategy, especially for those who suddenly take care of children: We recommend talking to your manager in advance about a schedule that allows you to perform on the job while balancing personal responsibilities from those you they may not be aware, and allow time to rest. “
“People are naturally taking all the steps they can take at work, and research shows that this is affecting how we feel about taking sick days.
“However, this should not be the case, in these uncertain times it is more important than ever to take care of our physical and mental well-being, and taking sick days when necessary is an important part of that,” he said.
Panadol partnered with Smiling Mind on a free meditation program called “Conscious Month” during June, designed to reduce stress levels, improve sleep, control your emotions, and foster better relationships.