AS we ring in the new year, it is common practice to pause and reflect on the year that’s passed. In the corporate world, 2023 ushered in a new era where, suddenly, face masks were a thing of the past, and most companies called on their employees to report to the office. Work did not seem to end in the office, though, as the work-from-home and hybrid work setups normalized working beyond the typical 9 to 5. There seemed to be a collective sigh among employees as they realized that this was the new normal. Still, many were eager to get back to work, grateful for the opportunity to earn and interact with others again.
It comes as no surprise then that 2023 left employees struggling to find balance at work. This sentiment echoes in reality as we hear colleagues and friends continuously complain about being exhausted. At 5 p.m., you’ll see worn and weary faces queuing at the bus and jeepney terminals, eager to get home only to continue answering emails.