The last Thursday of June we celebrate National Labor Day from Home, this year it is June 25. It is an opportunity to recognize the technological and cultural developments that allow us as a work culture to be as productive anywhere in the world as we are. the office.
For years, working at home had been the purview of certain types of jobs, or had been saved as a bonus to reward employees, while the rest of us struggled with the commute. Now, however, the tools exist so that almost any office job can be done at home without loss of productivity. Today we celebrate those achievements and we do it in pajamas.
History of National Work From Home Day
The history of work from home should probably be called the history of work, because for most of human history, work was done primarily in and around the home. From the earliest hunter-gatherers to the homey shops of medieval Europe, working from home was more the norm than the exception. It was not until the Renaissance when mixed-use storefronts gave way to more centralized government administrative buildings, schools, that the idea of an office to go to work even entered the lexicon.
However, it was the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century that changed the way we work in depth. The advent of factories with sophisticated and heavy machinery for the production of products such as textiles meant that people were unable to do their work within the confines of their own homes. This created the out-of-home work model made up of skilled workers who would eventually evolve into our own family work model.
For most of the 20th century, work from home was relegated to certain professions, the most creative being the arts (painters, musicians, writers, etc.) and multi-level marketing jobs that became popular in the 1950s and 1960.
Deep down, however, technology was slowly evolving to the point where working from home was as technologically sophisticated and productive as working in an office. From about the 1980s until today, technology has gradually opened the door to more and more remote working options. The personal computer, the fax machine, the mobile phones, the Internet, the video chat, the collaboration documents, have collaborated for the changes in the culture and the remote work capacity.
As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on remote work is analyzed in the coming months, many of the cultural barriers to remote work may be weakened or removed, revealing a renaissance in remote working professions (pants options, Of course).
National Work From Home Day – Timeline
March 2020: COVID creates a new paradigm
The COVID-19 pandemic attack forces millions of workers to become completely remote.
Decade of 2010: videoconferencing is widespread
Although the technology had evolved since the 1930s, it wasn’t until the 2010s that it became powerful enough to be deployed worldwide.
19th century – Industrial revolution puts work from home on hiatus
With the advent of factories and the basic working model they created, most people during the 19th and 20th centuries would work outside the home.
1500s – Centralized workspaces begin to form
The Renaissance brought about a change in the way governments functioned, making them more centralized, creating what we would now consider offices.
NATIONAL WORK FROM HOME DAY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How common is it to work from home?
Right now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home is much more common than ever. However, according to the US census. In the U.S., about 5.2% of U.S. workers worked at home in 2017.
How can I stay connected when I work from home?
The best way to stay connected is to use one or more of the many collaborative work tools available such as Zoom, Slack, Basecamp or Google Docs.
How can I effectively work from home?
Establishing a routine and sticking to it is the first tip for working effectively from home. Balance your work and home spaces, responsibilities and relationships as if you were still in the office. And be clear about the hours you work, even for yourself.
National Work From Home Day Activities
No shirt, no shoes, no problems
Assuming you have already chosen to celebrate National Home Work Day by actually working from home, why not go one step further and completely avoid the office dress code? Want to write in jean shorts and an old band t-shirt? Go for it. Pajamas plus your style, who are we to judge. Make yourself comfortable, because you’re already home.
My that sofa looks comfortable
Sure, your home office may be the latest in Swedish ergonomic work chairs, but they don’t hold a candle on your sofa. Lay your laptop on a pillow on your lap and work. ‘
Make a homemade lunch
When we are in the office, lunch often exists to go greasy or a cooked sandwich eaten at your desk. But when you are at home you have access to all kinds of food and kitchen materials. Why not make the most of them? Spend a little time (breaks are healthy) and prepare a good meal from scratch. You will feel much better with your culinary choices and return to your desk refreshed and ready.
FIVE WAYS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WORK FROM HOME
Have a routine
It doesn’t really matter what it is as long as you stick to it. Routines make us more productive and reduce anxieties about never leaving work.
Maintain relationships with your coworkers
We may never have felt so remote in our lives, but that is no excuse for allowing those employment relationships to lie fallow. Set up a virtual happy hour, receive treats or lunches, keep the water cooler chat on Slack or Basecamp, and celebrate personal and professional victories.
Limits make good workers
Sure, your office may be your kitchen table, but that’s no reason to let the office take over your home. As with a routine, it is important to set limits for your work life and home. When the workday is over, put away the laptop, leave your home office, and maybe mute your lazy messages.
Make adaptations for your children
When you work in an office and the kids are at school, it’s easy to forget how difficult it is to balance both at the same time. Now that everyone is home (and those kids are probably bored), creating rules and routines for your kids will help reduce the number and frequency of interruptions
Make your escapades meaningful
It’s easy to overlook the importance of chatting with your desk buddy to restoring your brain’s productivity capabilities. When working from home, especially solo, take significant breaks. Take a walk, do some light exercise, grab a book, and read for a few minutes. Do things that help give your brain the rest it needs to maintain high productivity.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL WORK FROM HOME DAY
It feels almost like a stay
We may be working, but when you don’t have to worry about overcoming traffic to the office and instead chilling out on the day with a cup of coffee on the front porch, it can almost seem like you have the day off, almost.
Video calls can be fun
Don’t throw that tomato on the screen, you know they have their moments. Video calls are a fact of life today, but they don’t have to have boring, annoying, and unsuccessful conversations. Spice up with a smart background, or start each meeting by sharing a fun game on screen that everyone on the call can play. Video calls are what you do, so make them fun.
Of course, we are still expected to work our regular hours and be as productive as in the office, but when you work from home there is a little more freedom to control your day than when you are under the microscope in the office. Take advantage of that freedom, it can be recuperative.