As the coronavirus sweeps into our lives we were left to adopt many new and different alterations to our usual activities. One of the major effects seen in our lives is the way we work. Many offices and organizations have used work from home culture to continue work. But how productive is the work from home culture?
Is it really a strong alternative to our work and how long is it safe to continue this method? Hmm!! It’s a debatable topic.
WORK FROM HOME CULTURE AROUND THE WORLD
Work from home in countries like the USA, UK are excellent alterations because they have the required technology and skills.
The major media company, Twitter was one of the first incorporations to adopt the work from home. They have been doing so and do not intend to be the first ones to return to the physical offices either.
In fact, they have decided to let employees work from home forever, if the means are provided and if they wish to do so!
Work from home seems to have a very high success rate around the world. So much so that they might even plan on never getting back to a physical office.
WORK FROM HOME CULTURE IN NEPAL
Working from home in Nepal has a whole different scenario. Getting disconnected frequently, constant noises in the background, and people struggling to match up with the technology.
Unlike abroad, privacy in our homes does not come easy. There is almost no value in it. Teenagers can’t close their door, people just barge in each other’s room. And no one has ever heard of knocking or silence.
Requiring an office space with silence, privacy and uninterrupted wifi in our houses might be something very hard. Productivity just won’t be the same in our house when you can hear the cooker’s sitthi or see your bed from the corner of your eyes.
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PROS OF WFH
Work from home is a perfect method to ensure safety for both employers and employees.
It creates an opportunity to continue work. As waiting around for an entire pandemic to stop takes a very long time, we cannot simply halt everything.
Work from home provides a variety of advantages other than social distancing.
Since there aren’t any fixed strict office hours, people have the flexibility to work at any time. You also get a lot of time in your hand, since there isn’t anywhere you physically have to go. A flexible schedule is also due to the time saved in commuting.
With more focus on work, it does boost productivity. There aren’t any office distractions that could affect one’s work in the office. Such as colleagues, environment, etc.
Traffic in Nepal is crazy high. Traveling back and forth always takes plenty of time and calmness from the mind. Alo being safe from exposure to pollution in traffic is a great idea.
Employees are able to adjust their environment according to their personal preferences. This creates an environment that is optimum for their productivity. Even though it mostly might be from the bed.
With work from home, there is a higher chance of employee retention because now they can work from home. So for employees who have children or transportation issues, they can easily continue their work from home now.
The offices can save quite a bit of money at a tight time like this. They do not need to spend on office supplies, AC, rent, or anything else. A lot of money can be saved by working from home.
WORK FROM HOME DOWNSIDES
As with most things, there is always another side to the story. Along with advantages there a handful of problems found with working from home
In a country like Nepal, where there is a cloud of load shedding looming, being completely dependent on the internet for working is not a good idea. At any moment the light may go, and it is not necessary that all the employees have inverters or internet access at those times.
As the new norm of working from home may increase employee retention to some workers. This also means unemployment some workers, especially to service workers who are the ones who need the job the most. Workers like security guards and cleaning helpers do not have a physical office to go to. Their work is not something they can do online and this robs them of a job.
Working from home is a great and easy adjustment for workers. However, there are employees who are not tech-savvy. Some are less fortunate people who do not have a laptop or pc at tier homes. It takes them a lot of time and half work to get used to using applications. Digitizing their job itself is a harder job for them.
Productivity can be increased or decreased for a person. Every day feels the same for people nowadays, you get up, attend school/ work online and go to bed. This is a very monotonous routine.
There are some things that just can’t be done on Zoom. Clearing out confusions, asking questions, reading books are somethings that are just very much more effective done physically than through your laptop camera.
We, humans, are social beings, we can not simply cut off all ties from the outside world and be left suffocated inside our homes forever. Yet, we also cannot risk the safety of our lives and others by going out and exposing ourselves at risk of the COVID -19.
So, how productive and efficient is working from home culture?