What type of home worker are you? A workaholic, a dreamer or …?

Where some people have found their way into working from home, others cannot wait to go back to the office. But what type of home worker are you actually?

Recent research by recruitment agency Robert Walters shows that 82 percent of professionals have enjoyed working from home in recent weeks. 44 percent of home workers say they are also more productive since they work from home. What helps to stay productive depends a lot on what type of home worker you are. Check if you are a workaholic, dreamer, hermit or social butterfly. And which tips will help you to do a lot of work and to monitor your work-life balance.

The workaholic

You definitely want to be productive for at least eight hours every day, which in practice often means extra hours of work. For the workaholic, work plays an absolute main role, where all other activities around it must be planned. This can be at the expense of your sleep, time for your family or social contacts. Maybe you have always been a bit of a workaholic, or during this period you feel that you have to prove yourself extra. For example, if your organization is not doing well, or if your manager has a suspicious attitude towards working from home. Your biggest pitfall is taking too much hay on your fork, which can lead to burnout in the long run.

30 percent of professionals report working more hours since the transition to working from home. No coffee or lunch breaks at set times, lack of time for yourself and minimal contact with other people can be a dangerous combination for workaholics. Now that many people are forced to work at the dining room table due to a lack of space, it is important to redefine what is the dividing line between your work and private life.

Tips for the workaholic

• Provide a fixed workplace and do not see your laptop lying on the kitchen table all day.
• Establish a routine: It is not always easy to maintain the same schedule as in the office.
• Put your to do’s in order of urgency and finish your day by listing your tasks for the day after.
• Take frequent breaks, and you are not working non-stop at your desk at the office.
• Stay in touch with your colleagues. It can be difficult to recognize yourself when you push yourself too hard, especially when there is no one around you.
• End the day with an activity: Plan something fun at the end of your workday to signal that you have finished working.

The dreamer

You are easily distracted by everything around you – a friend’s text, the dishwasher ready to be cleaned up, or the neighbor walking the dog. Dreamers are constantly in a cycle of not being focused and having to (re) pack. In addition to productivity, the quality of your work can also lead to this, because you are not really focused on what you are doing or are running out of time.

Typical things that distract you at the office, such as colleagues walking by, will not be there while working at home, but they will be replaced by other distraction hazards. And no one will notice if you lose an hour in YouTube videos or let your day be dominated by ad hoc tasks. Nothing to be ashamed of, because distraction has been the biggest frustration for 15 percent of home workers in recent weeks.

Tips for the dreamer

• Replace your travel time with another activity. Give yourself a reason to get out of bed, such as a daily running ritual.
• Dress for success: If you don’t see anyone during the day, it can be tempting to work in your pajamas or sweatpants.
• If you are used to working in a busy office, the sudden lack of noise or noise will distract you. Turning on music or news in the background will help you focus on your work.
• Set goals for yourself. As the hours creep by, setting daily goals helps to stay on schedule.
• Working from home requires a lot of trust between colleagues. One way to build that trust is to respect deadlines and the time of your colleagues.

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44 percent of home workers say they are more productive since they work from home. Photo: Getty Images

The hermit

You feel extremely comfortable in the home setting. Your laptop is your best friend right now small talk you don’t see the point with colleagues. Staying at home for days, with email as the main means of communication, can lead to you withdrawing more and more and losing your daily routine.

They don’t hear you complain about working from home, on the contrary. You have bought some extra jogging pants and you go out alone to go to the supermarket. Did you know that 14 percent of home workers currently work from their beds most of the time and 13 percent on the couch? This “cocooning” can be just as tasty, but in the long run it really isn’t healthy.

Tips for the hermit

• Pretend you’re going to the office. Put those sweatpants back in the closet! That means getting up at a set time, getting dressed properly and having breakfast before you start up your laptop.
• Avoid long, lonely hours staring at your screen by replacing email and chat communications with video and phone calls for anything that takes more than a few messages to discuss.
• Keep set lunch times. Instead of a quick sandwich at your desk, you can turn your lunch into a real activity.
• Actively participate in meetings. If you normally mute yourself during a call, challenge yourself to turn on your camera and actively participate. This not only keeps you sharp, you also remain visible to your manager and colleagues.

The social butterfly

You find this a difficult period and can’t wait to go back to the office. Contact with colleagues is an important part of your life and you miss it when chatting at the coffee machine.

You don’t have to be an outgoing type to fly up against the walls after weeks of working from home. 38 percent of home workers miss social contact with colleagues. If you are the pacemaker on every Friday afternoon drink and your colleagues may be your friends, you are having a hard time now.

Tips for the social butterfly

• Speak what you are missing. Let your manager and colleagues know that you miss the personal contact, so they can take that into account. Maybe they also need more small talk.
• Check availability. Although you can indicate to others that you have time for small talk, it is also important for you to check this before you start talking extensively about your weekend.
• Try to get used to silence. In this strange period, there is almost no escaping moments when you have to rely on yourself. Embrace the silence. Is that really not working? Then turn on the radio or make a new list on Spotify with quiet music that you can work on.
• We are social creatures and you are definitely not alone in missing the social interaction of office life. Be proactive in coming up with fun things that colleagues can participate in.

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