Unfortunate Realities of Working from Home (That Nobody Talks About)

As we near the two-year anniversary of many people who were able to beginning to work from home because of the arrival of the pandemic, some people have returned to their workplaces, but a lot of people are still working from home. Some of them would like it to remain that way permanently, but not everyone feels that way. Amid that current situation, a Reddit thread asked yesterday (February 7th), “What is an unfortunate reality with work from home nobody talks about?” Some of the answers included: 

  • Work From Home can easily become Live at Work.
  • I’m missing out on a lot of “accidental” exercise. I used to walk to the train station, then from the station at the far end to the office. Have a wander around at lunch.
  • Working through what would have been sick days.
  • Sitting all day has absolutely destroyed my core.
  • [I]t just seems like if you’re already anxious or depressed, you can accidentally become a shut-in. 
  • When you work from home people assume you have the day off. “Can you do….”
  • When you and your partner both work from home, you miss that natural separation of your lives.
  • It’s lonely. While I may occasionally be irked by a colleague here or there, I have a good group of supportive colleagues that I’m close friends with, and who help me get through the days that just seem to drag on. 
  • I miss wearing my nice work outfits. The only reason I leave home is to pick up groceries, go to the gym, or go to church, so 80% of my wardrobe is going unworn.
  • Using your own heating and electricity.