Tuesday, April 02, 2019

How to be a happy and healthy shedworker

An interesting article in the Guardian poses the question 'Extreme loneliness or the perfect balance? How to work from home and stay healthy". It includes research from good friend of Shedworking and work-life expert Frances Holliss. Here's a snippet:
After interviewing everyone from a professional juggler to a building surveyor who worked out of a garden shed, Holliss found some common disadvantages and negative impacts: mental health suffered (anxiety, stress, depression), isolation was rife (not being in a team), and it was hard to have self-discipline (proximity of the fridge and biscuit tin; not enough exercise; difficulty in setting boundaries between work and life).
To be honest, the article concentrates on the more negative aspects of working from home but does end on a postive note:
In spite of the obvious challenges and tough learning curve of bringing your work home, it seems it is worth it: the vast majority of remote workers report enjoying the way they live and work. Of the 100-odd remote workers Holliss interviewed for her studies, only about six said that they would return to the office given the chance. Everyone else loved it. And that may be about as good as working life can get.
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