These precautions are undeniably essential to mitigate the risks of this pandemic. However, they might also steer the discussion on the future of work in a less fortunate direction. We don’t know for how long these rules are enforced. The impacts on psychological health are potentially enormous.
I’m considering myself to be comfortable with being alone. Especially after an intense day in the packed newsroom, I enjoy the calm and silence of my apartment. Today, I find myself longing for company.
We, humans, remain social animals. And meaningful human connections require a physical component. That’s how we form trust among each other.
The recent crisis is not an example of how working from home might look like in the future. Of course, we should take this opportunity to learn individually and in our teams, which opportunities and challenges this change is bringing. But it is still an extraordinary situation that should not be taken as proof of concept.