Due to the current situation with the coronavirus, all of us trainees have also ended up in the home office. What was previously only possible through exceptions is now part of everyday life for all of us.
Personally, the changeover was not that difficult for me, as I have 2 monitors in my private life anyway and could easily set up the business laptop at home in a similar way to my company. However, I have also heard from some of my colleagues that they had more problems with it.
But I have to say that my productivity has been reduced a bit. Be it through the spatial isolation, where you can only communicate with your colleagues online, or the fact that my home simply doesn’t feel like work and you are quickly distracted by many things. My workplace is at the monitors where I usually play video games or watch movies and series. Of course you often have the thought that you can easily take a break from work and start your leisure activities. At that point it’s self-discipline that makes you keep on working. After all, at some point you want to finish work.
But apart from that, the home office also has its advantages. You don’t have to struggle through traffic twice a day, you can always cook your own food and you definitely have your privacy to name a few.
To conclude, it is definitely interesting to see what it is like to work from home, but for me it is not a good solution in the long run. One or two days a week yes, but sitting alone in a room every day and working without any social interaction is not for me and I’ll be glad when I can come back to the company.