- withhold /with-HOHLD/
- hectic /HEK-tik/
- annoyance /uh-NOI-uhns/
- dread /dred/
- drain /dreyn/
[verb ] – to refuse to give something or to keep back something
The dam can withhold the pressure of the water.
[adjective] – full of activity, or very busy and fast
The last few days have been hectic and exhausting.
[noun ] – the feeling or state of being annoyed
There was a look of annoyance on his face.
[verb ] – to feel extremely worried or frightened about something that is going to happen or that might happen
I’m dreading it because I have to meet her parents.
[verb ] – to make someone very tired
The travel going here completely drained me.
It was originally a comfort to have a permanent hybrid setup, according to Klara, whose last name is being withheld due to worries about her job security. She felt as though she finally had control over her hectic home life and busy job schedule after years of full-time office work. But as the months passed, the novelty of hybrid employment quickly gave way to annoyance and an uncomfortable one-day-in, one-day-out schedule. According to Klara, on the days that she worked from home, she felt at ease and concentrated. But towards the end of the day, she dreads going back to work because it involves spending eight hours a day at a desk in a noisy office, gazing at a screen, and getting used to life before Covid. Klara feels as though she must now maintain two workplaces: one at the office and one at home. The daily psychological shift—the change in environment—is what makes it so exhausting; she constantly feels uneasy and anxious, and her otherwise productive homework is constantly interrupted.
Such anecdotal evidence is starting to be supported by new facts, which show that many employees find hybrids emotionally taxing. More than 80% of executives said such a setup was taxing on staff in a recent global poll by employee engagement platform TINYpulse. Employees claimed hybrid arrangements were more emotionally draining than purely remote ones, and worrisomely, even full-time office work.
- When was the last time you felt drained? Could you tell me about it?
- Do companies in your country implement a hybrid setup? If so, could you tell me about it? If not, why do you think so?
- If you were to choose between a hybrid or a work-from-home setup, which would you choose? Why?
- Do you believe that the daily psychological shift—the change in environment—is what makes the hybrid setup so exhausting?
- Do you think that you will also feel what Klara felt? Why or why not?