W hen Poland went into strict lockdown last March, Natalia Zurowska barely had time to clear her desk at work. "I went in to get my laptop and then left," says the 36-year-old, an office manager for a graphic design firm in Warsaw at the time. "I had been working in an office for 10 years. So it was a new thing, working from home. But from day one I knew I didn't like it." At first, Zurowska did her job from different areas of her home to stave off her feelings of malaise. "I did one day at the desk, one day sitting on the couch and one day in the bedroom," says Zurowska. "But as lockdown went on – one week, two weeks, three weeks – I became constantly connected. During my break, my notifications were always on. When I closed my laptop at the end of the day, I had notifications on my phone. It was disturbing." Zurowska is typical of millions across Europe who were suddenly thrust into remote working when the pandemic hit. EU research shows the numbers who went to full-time WFH mode rocketed from 5% in 2019 to almost 40% last spring. By… Read full this story
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