Are you a workaholic, daydreamer or recluse?

Which type of remote worker are you? Research by recruiter Robert Walters points to three types of personalities that have emerged from the new period of remote working since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The first personality type works compulsively or over the hours required and at the cost of their sleep, family time or personal life.

A workaholic is someone who enjoys their work and sees it as structure or differentiation to their day or feels compelled to do it to prove there has been no change to productivity since working from home. The biggest threat to a workaholic is burnout. The second personality is the daydreamer – a person who is easily distracted from tasks by things going on at home.

Daydreamers find themselves in a cycle of an unfocused and then refocused mindset many times a day. The natural wandering of the mind can often mean that projects or work is delivered differently to how managers may have expected. Job satisfaction for a day dreamer can often be quite low as a result.  The third personality type is the the unwilling recluse.

This person is victim to the extreme comfortableness of the home setting. The ability to stay in the same ‘hoodie’ for days, avoid small talk with colleagues and hide behind e-mails as your main form of communication, can lead remote workers down a slippery slope of isolation.

Robert Walters director Suzanne Feeney says staff support may include the banning of emails being sent on weekends or outside office hours, catch-ups with management and planned social engagements and away days. Managing from afar can be tricky and understanding factors around remote working is important in avoiding burnout, low morale and isolation.

To best manage remote working, click on Survival Guide to Working from Home


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