Un-blurring The Work/Home Divide With Remote Access
While many in the world of business management are in agreement that a hosted desktop that allows flexible working options for employees is a positive development in the modern workplace, there remain questions as to how this will continue to affect the work-life balance.
Many believe that the ability to work remotely while still having access to a sufficient amount of data and files is set to revolutionise working hours, as employees will be able to work from home while spending time with family or on other commitments, but it doesn’t take into account how they can still be connected to work when it comes time to clock off.
With more instant access to email and social media through internet-enabled smart phones, workers are more at the mercy of work-related messages whether they mean to engage them or not. While they may choose not to engage with them, management researchers are concerned about the effects it has on workers’ wellbeing.
According to the Chartered Management Institute, three-quarters of workers worry about their job while on the commute home, or even while sat on the sofa, but according to new research, there’s a simple way to leave work concerns at the office.
A psychology study conducted at Ball State University found that by workers decompressing at the end of a working day through writing down smaller, concrete work goals for the following day they were more likely to feel confident and relaxed. For managers, lead psychologist Dr Brandon Smit suggested this is targeted towards any staff members that express issues with taking work home.