The dawn of the year 2021 isn’t going as planned and 2022 is still looking blurred. An invisible tiny virus left a huge magnitude of disruption and destruction in its path and is continuing its rampage. And as the adage goes, necessity is the mother of invention; we found a way to work our lives around this disaster as well. So, Is Work From Home The Next Big Thing? Let’s find out.
Human beings, for centuries now, have known to rise above the myriad of challenges that have come their way. And each time they do so, there comes a new wave of innovation that changes the way people live forever. With the lock down initiated and social distancing being the norm, many businesses continued to function with its workforce now logging in from home.
This catastrophe has caused a loss of lives, livelihood, and has altered the way we did things. While many countries buckled under the strain of the pandemic, economies ceased its operations and the world came to a screeching halt.
The power of technology and the growth in internet technology was harnessed to make it all possible. Work from home is the new normal and we have embraced this with a sense of relief in these uncertain times. But what does work from home entail and what does it mean for the employers and employees? Other than the comfort of sitting at one’s study or home office in a more comfortable environment”
Here are some reasons why work from home is the next big thing:
In terms of time, money, and effort, there are advantages for the employers and the employee. Working from home, allows one to be more focused and productive as they are less fatigued and more comfortable at their home than in the confines of the office cubicle while being subject to monitoring and interruptions.
Travel to work and back home, which eats up most waking hours of an individual, is drastically reduced, hence reducing travel costs. For companies that arrange transport facilities for their employees, this move means saving a ton of money and coordination efforts. Working from home means minimum usage of the official premises which leads to cutting down of utility charges and miscellaneous expenditure as well.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
Expanding Talent Pool:
Employees who work in offices are inclined to take leaves whether sick or running errands. When at home, employees may refrain from taking sick leaves if they are mildly ill but can still manage to attend work. For other leaves, the employees may still be able to attend important chores while ensuring to complete the official tasks at hand without losing a day.
Jump right into work when you are ready. And leave when you are done. There’s zero friction between working and not.
Covering new geographic areas and reaching out to new customers will be less stressful on company finances as they do not have to physically set-up offices in a different location. Businesses can now expand into new areas allowing the team in the specific location to connect with the local customers there and just report to the main office via emails, and/or video-based conferencing software.
What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.
If work from home becomes a norm even after the current situation recedes, it would open up doorways for organizations to onboard talent i.e. hire employees irrespective of the location they are based in. From interview to orientation being conducted online, a job aspirant doesn’t have to move to another place. This means uprooting their entire lifestyle and shifting to new surroundings which could be nerve-wracking at times.
Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.
With the work from home to continue even after the pandemic scare is over, many multinational and Indian conglomerates are seeing this trend as a viable long-term option. While technology cannot completely change or guide human behavior, companies will have to scale-up their remote work policies and capabilities.
Infact, few companies are already providing long term or permanent work from home option to certain employees. Ultimately, work from home is highly effective and productive, if practiced correctly it will prove beneficial for employers and employees in the long run.
Stay Home , Stay Safe both Physically and Mentally and ADAPT to the new Work from Home culture!