Work from Home – A Bane or Boon?
Due to the sudden turn of events recently after the global pandemic of COVID-19 broke out, employers across the globe are in a critical situation, many facing a severe financial crisis since the major contributor to any organization’s finances are the end product being sold.
As the situation gets worse day by day, retail markets have no choice than to shut down for the fear of the spread of the virus, and while elsewhere the government is taking measures to curb the circulation of the disease, it has become an unavoidable circumstance for these organizations to shut down, or at least slow down their normal working procedures.
In times such as these, where, on one hand, we have employees losing jobs, many institutions and organizations have taken a new step forward, calling for “Work from home”. This, in turn, has opened up doors for the future.
Work from home is not a new idea, it has been pitched with great emphasis in the past half a decade, with newer markets greatly capitalizing on this potential, however, the vast majority of conventional businesses still relying on physical presence in offices for the variety of tasks that need to be done on a day-to-day basis.
With this step of allowing employees to work remotely, we can expect for more firms to incorporate some aspects of digital in the future as well allowing some of its employees to work from home on certain occasions.
Thus, a new era of a more empowered staff and flexible work hours could be seen once the current situation is taken care of.
Why Work from Home?
Times could never have been better for a day worker than the times of technology in this world. While we saw our parents go in and about their jobs from 8 to 4 or 9 to 5, leaving them a shorter time to carry out leisure for the rest of the day, it is now the technology that is changing that paradigm.
While not everyone thrives in each situation, here are some of the broader benefits you get by working from home.
- You get to decide the flexibility of your schedule. Whether you’re a night owl or a day worker, or whether you need those regular breaks from work, it is all up to you to decide.
- You no more have to affix to a certain environment around you. Pick and choose your own surroundings as it feels comfortable.
- Knock off any pending tasks whether it is related to your family or any other household chores.
- Spending time with family is another added bonus.
- You can save money and time by not needing those regular commutes to and fro your office.
- You get more time focusing on the task rather than completing your work hours.
While it certainly has benefits, there are some downsides to it too.
Isolation is one of the few handicaps to working from home and it can be of many different types, such as resource isolation, opportunity and growing isolation. This, in turn, can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression.
Remote workers often feel a sense of being under the radar for their work. As the compulsion of work hours is taken away, employees begin to feel pressed under the notion that they are solely being judged by the tasks they complete.
Distractions lead to an overconsumption of time and therefore demand the employee to spend more of their time working on the task. This can lead to overworking and more time being mentally occupied.
Studies have shown that a significant number of people complain of having back issues while they work sitting at a computer; back problems being on top of the chart.
Other than these, remote workers may not have necessary office documents available at all times, making work from home limited in its effectiveness.
Drawing upon the benefits and harms of working from home, it can be said that it comes with both aspects; being very helpful, and at the same time, lacking some of the goods of life. A balance between these two extremes could strike a great outcome for the workforce as well as organizations.
That balance could be achieved by allowing some of the employees to work from home on certain days while commuting to the office on some particular days. However, the essence of this lucrative package lies in the skills of a particular workforce.