Sensory Stories # 74: My personal journey with home working
Posted: 14 February, 2023
By: Annemarie Lombard
Hybrid working is now the norm and we do know post-pandemic that a lot of people have shifted into remote working and obviously “homeworking” is now the order of the day.
For us at Sensory Intelligence® the same thing is true, we have been a remote working team since 2012 and have always done our admin and support from our home offices with our team dispersed across various locations. This also means that we are now servicing our clients online so we’ve moved fully into a remote working environment.
I would like to share a little bit of my take on that because this way of working created endless and wider opportunities for us as a business, so it’s literally been the saving grace of Sensory Intelligence®
On a personal level it’s been really really tough for me, as a lot of you would know if you’ve been following these vlogs I’ve got high thresholds, I’m a sensory seeker so I need stimulation and hate being at home. I feel lonely, I get cabin fever, I even sometimes feel depressed and that the world has really kind of left me or let me down.
So I will share with you how I had to adapt to manage the fact that I don’t get the same stimulation anymore – a few things that I do include definitely trying as much as I can to have meetings outside of the office and to schedule my meetings on a Wednesday and I try not to be in the office at all.
I don’t do internet shopping or online shopping, you know going out to buy milk and bread has become a bit of an outing for me and while I do online shopping if it really works for me from a time point of view, I try my utmost to actually go to the shops.
The other thing is, I’ve never been as as fit as I am currently – I’m a trail runner – and I’ve been doing a huge amount of running so I’ve definitely been a lot more active from a physical point of view. I also go and do yoga at the gym which is the calmer kind of movement activity, but I do it at the gym, I don’t do yoga online, I also don’t read books online, I read real books.
As much as I can, I try to move away from my office, out of my office and I do not engage with digital devices or electronic media after I’ve finished my work day.
So that’s a little about me and we are about to launch a new product to help you guys understand; should you be working from home, should you go back to the office or should you have a hybrid approach? so please watch out for our launch dates.
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👩🏼🎓 Annemarie has a PhD in Occupational therapy, Health Sciences and continues to be fascinated by sensory processing and the impact it has on our lives. She has also written a book, “Sensory intelligence, why it matters more than IQ and EQ”. Buy it here. She works with a dynamic team and a group of licensed users of the Sensory Intelligence® tools.
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