It’s fair to say that this year has been, well it’s been 2020. It’s certainly one we won’t forget in a hurry and I’m sure many of us will be very glad to see the back of it come December 31st.
Whatever you’ve been doing this year, whether you’ve been working throughout, furloughed, juggling home-school and work or just trying to keep going a day at a time. It has been a tough year.
For most people, their day to day life changed dramatically. For me, I’ve worked from home for the past 4 years. However, my office-based, 9-5, 5 day a week working husband, went from being out of the house 11 hours a day. To being in it 24/7. Shock to the system for us all. My office, that was once my oasis of calm, is now an office for two, complete with arguments over what radio station we are listening to and whether we need to turn the heating up.
While us all being at home together has been lovely at times, it’s been stressful and I’m ashamed to admit that work stress has more easily and regularly spilt into our home life.
This is one of the downsides of remote or home working. You can’t leave the office and leave your work behind, as your office is in your house. I’m lucky, I have a room to use as an office and can at least leave and shut the door. But with so many people unexpectedly now working remotely, most are working from a kitchen table, in the corner of a bedroom or simply on the sofa. It is always there, making it hard to switch off. Home and work-life are beginning to blur around the edges.
With the normal Christmas socialising out the question for most of us, its easy for work to simply take up more and more of what should be our downtime. Just checking emails while cooking and eating dinner. Just sending a quick reply before going to bed. As we’ve covered in previous articles on stress and having a digital detox, taking a break is vitally important for both our physical and mental wellbeing. It’s why, perhaps this year more than most, there is a need for a Christmas break. Here at Chiumento, we recognise that for our staff to stay motivated, engaged, and energetic they need time to stop and recharge.
While the rules and plans for Christmas seem to be ever-changing, we’ve finalised our plans for the festive season. Our team will be working as usual up to 3.00 pm on Friday 24 December when we’ll be switching on our voicemails and out of offices for the holiday period. We’re having a well-earned Christmas break. Giving us all the chance to pack away the laptop, turn off the work phone and take the time to reboot. Before returning refreshed, ready and eager to go at 9.00 am on Monday 4 January.
We hope you all have a peaceful and safe Christmas and get the chance to recharge ready to take whatever 2021 holds in store.