remote work

Just as vaccines came into the picture and some hope in this pandemic, new coronavirus cases started to emerge. In San Francisco, for instance, where mask mandates were lifted, and life was starting to feel more normal again, it feels as though we are now regressing. People are struggling to cope. It feels as though we’ve just gone from one variant with high transmissibility back down to another even worse than before. Now, in San Francisco, it no longer matters if you’re vaccinated, you are still required to wear a mask. As well as most restaurants requiring proof of vaccination to sit indoors. 

New variants are diminishing hopes. 

The recent introduction of the delta variant, a case that is even more transmissible than before, has left many people wondering how our lives will be affected. Within days we have seen cases in other countries and on different continents. What happens next? Will this be just another setback or something much worse?

With no end in sight, we struggle with the dilemma of trying to return to somewhat normality while protecting those around us. With a mixture of companies fully in-person, fully remote, and some still in between, it’s been a difficult decision time for managers who wonder how they can balance employees with their own safety.

For some, remote work is all we know.

Working remotely has been the only thing I know for a year now. When myself, friends and classmates graduated college, we were eager to experience an office environment. It intrigues me that so many people have such differing opinions on how great working at home can be versus wanting to go back to work in the heart of an organization every day. Some say they miss their work-family while others find themselves enjoying working from home and the flexibility/comfort it provides. 

Whatever your work-from-home preference is, getting back into the office seems like it’s going to come with some requirements. Some companies such as Google and Facebook require workers to be vaccinated before they can return full-time, while others allow you that option at a later date. Everyone has different comfortability levels when working around people, and it’s important in these times of hardship for us all to try our best to support one another.

It’s important to stay connected in these times. 

Our company has found that hosting virtual happy hours and other gatherings via zoom helps make up for not being able to work at the office regularly. Working from home can blur lines of what is considered a “workday,” so work-life balance is more crucial than ever. We find it important to still spend some time together as a team, checking in with each other or simply catching up on life events.

But even with this state of emergency, it is important to take time for yourself and those around you; otherwise, burnout will set in sooner than expected.

Pandemics can be frightening, leaving many people feeling overwhelmed. People are trying to keep up at work and maintain relationships while trying their best not to get burned out! It may at times seem impossible at time, a healthy balance is possible.

Employers must have open communication with their employees to develop the best solution that meets both of their needs.

To learn more about Opsani, check out our last blog, 3 Ways Ancestry Transformed Their CI/CD Pipeline.