The idea that employees can work in a similarly concentrated and motivated manner in the home office under pandemic conditions as in the traditional office has proven to be wrong. The home office in times of double work is a quick breeder for headaches and migraines. Working for hours on the screen, the absence of real conversations with colleagues and the interaction in meetings, combined with homeschooling or child care, suffer among other things, performance, concentration and attention.
Almost every second person in the home office reports more frequent headaches than before the pandemic. People with migraines are also affected. One in five employees in the home office suffers from more frequent attacks. This is shown by the new, as yet unpublished Thomapyrin study with 3,134 respondents, which NewsABC.net has received in advance.
Those who suffer from headaches in the home office cite stress (70 percent very often and fairly often), constant screen work (64 percent) and multitasking (42 percent) as triggers. In contrast, 54 percent of all people who do not work at home say that they also experience stress, but that is significantly fewer than those from the home office front. If you don’t work at home, you sit less at the screen. That is why only 36 percent of them report that they suffer from constant screen work. Only 21 percent suffer from multitasking at home.
The double burden is a big problem for many in the home office
Above all, the respondents in the home office feel that their cognitive performance is impaired. 43 percent observe a restriction in their attention, 44 percent in their performance and 45 percent in their ability to concentrate. No wonder, who can focus their thoughts when the man or woman in the kitchen is having an interview and the children are scrambling over the only iPad? Anyone who has ever tried to quickly organize a vaccination appointment for their 80-year-old mother before the online seminar starts may need more self-control than he or she has.
Too many cups of coffee and more alcohol may also increase the blood pressure of some people. An espresso can be therapeutic for headaches, but too much, especially for people with high blood pressure, can trigger severe headache attacks. This is why many people are currently turning to decaffeinated coffee. Exercising three times a week and exercising in the fresh air help relieve headaches. Since all fitness studios and sports clubs are currently closed, this natural headache killer is no longer available for many people.
What remains is relaxation, which can also relieve headaches naturally. However, many find it harder to just do nothing when work is constantly waiting around the corner. The open laptop on the kitchen table is a constant reminder that something might have happened somewhere else. The cell phone, which emits a different signal noise every few minutes, can also become a stressor.
The exchange with friends and colleagues, which is known to make you happy and has proven to be a stress reliever, is also reduced to a minimum. In this respect, the figures on the sharp increase in headaches and migraines can be understood as a warning that working from home can cause health problems, especially under the double burdens that the pandemic entails.