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Effects of Remote Work on Family and Relationships

| Jenni Brown |

Over the last several years, the work landscape has shifted dramatically. And with it, the dynamics of family and relationships. Remote work presents an opportunity to get away from the regular 9-5. However, it can also bring a variety of positive and negative elements to family and relationships. 

Keep reading to discover the different effects of remote work on family and relationships and how to create a work-life balance that you, your relationships, and your family can benefit from.  

What Are the Effects of Remote Work on Family and Relationships? 

In 2019, less than 6% of people worked remotely, and now, over 12% work remotely while 28% work a hybrid model. The flexibility to create your own schedule or eliminate commuting stress are some of the main reasons people embrace remote work. However, there are many other factors to consider when switching to a remote work setting. Ultimately, you will need to decide what is best for your unique situation to create thriving family dynamics and relationships. 

Positive Effects of Remote Work on Family and Relationships 

There are a lot of benefits to working remotely. Remote work allows you to: 

✅ Have better quality time: Working remotely has a positive relation to time spent with family members. By eliminating the daily commute and providing a more flexible schedule, remote work allows you to allocate more time to engage in meaningful activities with loved ones, fostering stronger bonds in your relationships and creating cherished moments. 

Create flexible schedules: Remote work empowers individuals to tailor their schedules to better accommodate family needs. Studies show that remote work was associated with more frequent engagement of parents in enrichment activities with their children. This flexibility enables parents to attend their children’s activities, support their educational endeavors, and be present during important life events without compromising work.  

Strengthen your relationships: The flexibility of remote work promotes a conducive environment for nurturing and strengthening relationships. Increased proximity to loved ones throughout the day allows for more frequent interactions, leading to better communication and understanding. This strengthened connection can enhance emotional bonds and support systems within your relationships. 

Learn more about the benefits of working from home here. 

Negative Effects of Remote Work on Family and Relationships 

Remote work isn’t without its challenges. Not having a proper balance between work and personal life can: 

Blur boundaries: The line between work and personal life can become hazy, causing conflict and challenges in managing time effectively. You could potentially fall behind in an area of your life, whether in work or relationships with your loved ones. 

Affect mental health: Extended periods of remote work might lead to feelings of isolation, depression, and anxiety. This impact on your mental health can result in irritability, loss of interest, sleep disruptions, and more, causing you to put your loved ones on the back burner. 

Increase stress: Juggling work responsibilities while managing relationships under the same roof can amplify your stress and trigger tensions. This can also increase your chances of burnout faster than it would normally. 

Exacerbate domestic abuse situations: Domestic abuse in Georgia is defined as when a person exerts power and control over another person, whether physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological. Since 2020, there has been a rise in remote work, but also an unfortunate increase in domestic violence cases. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, please call 800-799-7233. 

Learn more about the negative effects remote work has on family and relationships here. 

How to Create Work-Life Balance 

 Some ways to create work-life balance include: 

➡️ Establishing clear boundaries: Define dedicated work hours and family time to maintain separation between work and life.  

➡️ Creating a functional workspace: Designate a specific area for work to help mentally separate professional tasks from your personal life. 

➡️ Effective communication: Keep lines of communication open in all your relationships to manage expectations and avoid conflicts. 

➡️ Prioritizing self-care: Set aside time to recharge so you can avoid burnout, ensuring you can be present and engaged with your family and friends. 

See more about why work-life balance with your partner is important in the video below ⬇️ 


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Brown Dutton & Crider Can Help Support You Through Life Transitions 

At Brown Dutton & Crider, we are here to support you through transitions like these. Our experienced family law attorneys are here to guide you through any family legal process, protect your rights, and reach the best possible solution for your family’s unique situation.  

If you have questions about your situation or are interested in scheduling a consultation, contact the attorneys at Brown Dutton & Crider today. Call (678) 730-2578 or get in touch with us here.