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Work-from-home culture has its perks, but leads to higher stress levels: UN report

Teleworking involves no travel time and leads to a better work-life balance, but it also blurs the line between a job and personal life, the study found.

A new study on the emerging work-from-home culture has found that while the practice comes with its perks, it also has its downsides. Highlighting both, the report says that the use of laptops, smartphones and other technology to telework can be convenient – flexibility in work timings and no travel time – but can also lead to higher stress and longer work hours.

While it can lead to a better overall work-life balance and higher productivity, teleworking also “blurs the boundaries between work and personal life, depending on the place of work and the characteristics of different occupations”, said Jon Messenger, coauthor of the study titled Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work.

The analysis was carried out by the United Nations International Labour Organisation and Eurofound, a European Union agency that looks into working conditions. The study is based on interviews with workers and experts in India, Brazil, Japan, Argentina, the United States and 10 EU member states.

People who work from home tend to work longer hours and suffer from higher levels of stress, which has necessitated the need to be able “to disconnect” to separate personal life from paid jobs, according to the study. Teleworking also does away with the concept of personal space and contact with colleagues.

To overcome the ill effects of working from home, the report suggested that companies promote part-time teleworking to allow employees to remain connected with their colleagues as well as enjoy the convenience of working from home.

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These GIFs show you what it means to miss breakfast

That monstrous roar is your empty stomach.

Let’s take a glance at your every day morning routine. You crawl out of bed, go for a quick shower, pull out and wear your neatly ironed clothes at the speed of light and then rush out of the house, making sure you have your keys and wallet in place.

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You walk into office, relieved because you have made it to work on time. Stifling yawns and checking emails, you wonder how your colleagues are charged up and buzzing with energy. “What is wrong with these people” you mumble to yourself.

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Slowly, you start to change. You start snapping at colleagues and start arguing with your computer. You take out your frustration on anything or anyone in sight.

To add to the aggressive behaviour, you’ve completely lost your focus. After some time, you simply forget what you were doing.

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Unable to bear the hunger pangs, you go for a mid-morning snack. It is only when a colleague asks you for a bite do you realize that you have developed into a fully formed, hunger fueled, monster. Try not to look at yourself in the mirror.

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If only you had spared not even twenty or ten but just 5 minutes in the morning and not skipped breakfast, your story would look completely different - as you will see in this video.

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The fast dip in your mood and lack of focus is because your body has missed its most important meal of the day – breakfast. Research has shown that skipping a meal, especially in the morning, worsens the mood because there is a drop in the blood sugar. This in turn affects the levels of serotonin and dopamine, the chemicals produced in the brain that control our moods and feelings. In simpler English, not having breakfast is going to make you really cranky and confused!

Morning is also when the body needs maximum nutrition to function efficiently through the day as you’ve just woken up from a full 7 hours of no food (and if you’re sleeping less than that, that’s a whole other article).

So in short, having a breakfast could make you go from looking like the earlier GIFs to this:

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But with changing lifestyles and most people hard pressed for time, a healthy breakfast is taking the backseat. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. MTR has come up with a range of widely loved Indian delicacies like Poha, Upma and Halwa which can be made in (hold you breath) just 3 minutes! All you have to do is add hot water and wait for 3 minutes to get a delicious and filling breakfast.

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These amazing and delicious breakfasts can be made in a jiffy and consumed with the least hassle, even in the midst of your frenetic morning routine. So grab your #MTRbreakfastin3 to start the day on an awesome note.

Click here to make breakfast a part of your morning routine.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of MTR and not by the Scroll editorial team.