We’re living in capsules now, but let’s take the positives

In the first in a series of posts about living and working at home, dealing with the challenges and conflicts that may occur, Professor Binna Kandola finds that the “capsule environment” can be a positive experience, one we will look back on with pride.

When you were a child, did you ever want to be an astronaut, an archaeologist or an arctic explorer? These are rare jobs which require unique skills. However, there is, in the current coronavirus-defined workplace, much that we have in common with the people who are engaged in such work.

In normal times, our daily lives are typically dominated by routines that have developed over many years. The time at which we get up, the things we listen to on the radio, the journey we take to work and even the people we encounter will all be familiar to us. Within that recognisable framework, however, there will be a degree of variety as we move from one environment to another: from the place we live to the place we work, from friends and family to work colleagues, from one set of expectations to another. We are exposed to different stimuli and have to adapt our thinking and behaviour as we navigate our way through our daily lives. Indeed, we are so used to these routines that we don’t have to expend too much conscious effort as we move across the boundaries.

Read the full article on Personnel Today.

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