Here are some considerations on managing your work life in the work-from-home scenario as observed and shared by our Global Delivery Head, Shardul Sangal.
Office culture—once a hallmark of professional life—has pretty much vanished. Almost one-third of business professionals have not been to their current offices since the pandemic began. And most new hires have even been onboarded virtually, so they’ve never been to the office.
Remote work can mean long hours or odd hours. We work from almost anywhere at almost any time, and that lack of consistency can cause anxiety. Some days we feel full of energy and productive. Other days we’re overwhelmed by fatigue or sadness. How we react to those variations plays a crucial role in managing our stress.
What I call ‘workplace beliefs’ have changed fundamentally. And while we are all trying to adapt to the change, I wonder if everyone has gone through the same feeling of getting overwhelmed at work. Sometimes people can feel overwhelmed because they have a lot on our plates. Maybe they’re embarrassed over a seemingly irreversible mistakes or they feel pressure to perform at a very high level—the list goes on.
I too have my own share of anxious moments that may resonate with you. There's the “I’m not prepared with data for a formal presentation” feeling or “I fear the unknown” feeling. Here’s what I’ve learned from my own experience feeling anxious at work:
I’ve also learned a few things about how leaders and mentors can help employees deal with anxiety:
Failing, or the fear of failure, can be intimidating. Breathe, don’t get carried away, try to be in the moment, and focus on the things at hand. And don’t forget to smile often – it reassures others around you while you feel the pressure vanishing from within.