9 June 2021
The Lighter Side: Half-Dressed for Half-Success?
From pants to productivity, the perils of lockdown are affecting millions of remote workers worldwide. Here are a few key points to maintain your sanity, dignity and reputation.
If ever there were two consecutive years to stand out in history simply because they sucked in so many ways for so many people, we’re betting 2020 and 2021 would be absolute slam-dunks for that title. (If any ingenuous CAD guru could re-engineer the world either to a pre-Covid state or a post-Covid utopia, we’d genuinely appreciate it.)
If you’re reading this, chances are you didn’t win the lottery or you’d be holed-up somewhere exotic, sipping umbrella drinks and playing games on your mobile device. For most of us, lockdown also inhibited physical activity, so we’ve probably gotten a little fatter and lazier. (It’s a plausible excuse, don’t you think?) While the kids appreciate that you’re constantly home (well, at least until they become teenagers), your significant other is probably less enthusiastic about you constantly being on the phone/computer/couch, hogging the dinner table or being perpetually underfoot.
We all know that one person who hasn’t coped well with lockdown. Maybe they’re a little frayed around the edges, or struggling to stay motivated without a regular office schedule. For many, working from home is a new mode of existence and a far cry from the “old days” that involved a commute to a designated place of work. One of our customer-service guys thinks about 90 percent of our clients work from home now.
Nobody wants to see your . . . significant other flossing their teeth . . . in the background.
He may be prone to a bit of exaggeration. But even if the real figure is closer to about 60 percent (depending on whose survey, the exact questions asked, the demographics of those surveyed, and the date on which it was taken), it’s still a major shift from the pre-Covid period (circa 2019) when the work-from-home figure seemed to hover around the 20 percent level (at a rough estimate). Be all that as it may, let’s get back to the important thing here: Without any sense of “office expectations,” it’s easy to simply fly by the seat of your pants and we’ll be discussing pants (amongst other things) below.
Why Giving a Darn is Important
If his current workspace is less than ideal, recommend that he tidy up, toss out the trash and channel his inner Martha Stewart . . .
. . . the inspiration for great feats of architecture and engineering are more likely to come from a place of Zen calm and orderliness.
Pajamas, Sweat Pants and Super Powers
Self-empowerment means increased self-worth, which leads to better results in terms of productivity and our level of responsibility. We’re not suggesting anyone don a power-suit at home, but there’s a big difference between clean and presentable and grungy “give-up” flannels and sweats.
Maintain a decent appearance and a sense of dignity. You’re worth it. And so is your friend or colleague. Help him get there. (Or just order him the damn Batman suit already.)
This Little Pig Stayed at Home
. . . if you don’t think you’re worth it, why should anyone else?
If his current workspace is less than ideal, recommend that he tidy up, toss out the trash and channel his inner Martha Stewart or Mr. Clean. Not only will he feel better for it, but the fruit flies and ants will have to relocate to obtain sustenance. Plus, you can remind him that the inspiration for great feats of architecture and engineering are more likely to come from a place of Zen calm and orderliness. (And with the pizza boxes gone, he’s less likely to snag his cape and cause a trashalanche — you know, like an avalanche, but with trash.)
Don’t . . . get caught in a “business-from-the-waist-up, slob-from-the-waist-down” scenario.
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Increased Productivity Performance
Being stressed at the office is almost a given — a cliché, one might say — but being stressed at home somehow seems counter-intuitive and pointless.