What’s your remote working persona?

New research from global recruiter Robert Walters has identified three separate personality types that are emerging from recent weeks of working from home.

  1. The Workaholic
  2. The Daydreamer
  3. The Unwilling Recluse

The Workaholic is described as “works compulsively or over the hours required, and at the cost of their sleep, family time or personal life. A workaholic in this period 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 home working has been introduced. The biggest threat to a Workaholic is burnout”.

The Daydreamer is “easily distracted from tasks by activity in the home. Daydreamers find themselves in a cycle of an unfocused and then refocused mindset multiple 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 daydreamer can often be quite low as a result”.

And finally, the Unwilling Recluse is “victim to the extreme comfort of the home setting. The ability to stay in the same hoodie for days, avoid small talk with colleagues and hide behind emails as their main form of communication can lead remote workers down a slippery slope of isolation”.

Sam Walters, director of professional services at Robert Walters, said: “From companies banning emails being sent on weekends or outside office hours, to regular catch-ups with management and planned social engagements and away days – these three personality types can be managed within a workplace under normal circumstances.

“The challenge we have during this period,” Walters went on to say, “is management from afar, and having to quickly understand what factors from remote working can expose us to negative experiences – such as burnout, low morale or isolation.”

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