We have been in a pandemic for almost 18 months and of course this has affected the way we work. Many of us are now used to waking up from home and taking a video call, but the desire to work is slowly diminishing.
When we started working from home it was exciting. We didn’t have to commute and could sleep more. But now, our bedrooms and kitchen tables have turned into offices and the novelty is completely worn out.
To make matters worse, some companies are already postponing their return to the office as Covid cases continue to rise. Boris Johnson may have taken official work away from home, but many of us will stay for the time being.
No wonder we lack motivation. Almost half of us don’t even bother climbing the corporate ladder anymore, according to a recent study by Aviva.
Career coach and Working Wonder co-founder, Nichola Johnson-Marshall, says she has seen more changes in work culture in the past year than in the past 20 years. She believes the pandemic has affected our mental and physical condition about work, but has also given us an opportunity to reflect on what to expect from our careers.
“Most of us are burned out right now, so people are rethinking how we feel about their current company,” she says.
Career coach Joanna Blazinska agrees that the country’s remote workers are experiencing a collective “labor crisis”. you defines a slump in work as “loss of energy, loss of drive and motivation with irritated, stressed and constant readiness to postpone work”.
Our time and energy have shifted during the pandemic, says Blazinska, and we’re disappointed with “A lot of uncertainty, change and adaptation to a different work model”.
Boundlessness has helped us work overtime or outside of working hours, she adds. “For many of us, the lines between work and personal life are completely blurred, which would have less of an impact if we were in an office,” she says. “Many of us felt that we had to write emails at different times of the day and night, which in turn could have caused work addiction and exhaustion.”
Our lack of physical human interaction could also have contributed to the work slump, Johnson-Marshall says. “Since everything is done via video, we miss the human face-to-face interaction,” she says.
“We no longer have coffee breaks in which we can talk to our colleagues. It can be tiring to have video calls in a row all day long, and many of us experience ‘zoom fatigue’. “
At the time of writing, we are in a heatwave in the UK that can affect our motivation as well. “The heat can affect the way we work as we often feel drowsy, lose energy, and take longer to complete a task due to temporarily decreased mental acuity and blood pressure,” adds Blazinska. ”And quite simply, when it’s hot, we want to be somewhere else, do something other than work. “
So how can we get out of a labor crisis? Blazinska gives us some simple tips.
5 tips if you won’t be bothered at work
Diagnose the reason the break-in is occurring
“Is it a temporary lack of motivation?” Says Blazinska. “Is it related to energy management or is there a need that you could neglect? Is there an underlying cause that you need to delve deeper into? “
Search for meaning
“Who can you help today? Who do you serve with your work today? Ignite the reason you’re in the career or company you are right now. “
Solve a problem
“What problem can you solve? Which of your skills can you use to create a solution? The connection with your strengths will remind you of your brilliance. A little self-confidence and self-satisfaction will help to get through the crisis. “
Search for novelties
“It could be something new to learn, something interesting to create, something else to focus on, a new project. Stimulate your mind and your curiosity. “
Connect with people
“When you feel like part of a team that has your back and works together on an interesting project, you can get back on track. Find out if others feel the same way and find out what they need and how they deal with the downturn in work. Try to create some feel good energy in your team. In the end we’ll be there together! “
Being demotivated to work isn’t the best feeling in the world, but it’s important to realize that that feeling is only temporary. If your current job really isn’t enough, it may be time to consider a career change. We all go through ups and downs at work, so remember, you won’t be in your doldrums forever.