Estelle Low, digital editor at Her World, tells us how working from home together with her husband drew them closer, making her a happier wife and mum.
Two years after working from home (WFH) and being under the same roof with our family members 24/7 became the new norm, familial ties have been put to the test. Reduced personal space and blurred work-home boundaries are some of the common issues faced.
While I can relate to that, WFH has benefited my marriage overall. Let me explain.
My husband and I respect each other’s space during working hours – he uses the study while I work in the living room – and we do not engage in personal issues during this time, so if we have personal questions, we text each other even though we’re under the same roof.
Besides allowing us more opportunities to be considerate of each other’s needs, such as lowering the volume if the other person is having a virtual meeting, WFH also allowed us to enjoy our house together. Whether it’s cooking for each other or working together on home improvement projects, these activities have not only helped us to bond, but also understand each other better. Prior to this new norm, we have never shared a physical space for extended periods of time.