The new hashtag that evolved recently and received the highest TRP during this pandemic is WFH, an acronym for “work from home” Which encapsulates every feeling and sentiment, positive and negative, for working remotely instead of from a desk at our workplace.
As organisations transitioned employees from the office to working from the safety of their homes due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, the system has matured as a business strategy over the past few months. With the discussion shifting, from “should we?” to “how should we?” and then to “But it’s a complex, long-term process”.
Its potential for unseen success as well as real failure has caused companies across the world significant setbacks. Companies that try to take the easy way out and rely solely on a simple ‘lift and shift’ approach, will significantly increase their acceptable risk, however, this model is still in its embryonic stages to be a tried, tested and effective strategy.
There are contradictory opinions on WFH, to begin with, the reduced and in some cases, a complete absence of productivity standards which can be extracted from the supervision of employees at the workplace cannot be ignored. Working at the place of employment fosters inventiveness and networking, some of these opportunities and their quality cannot be achieved nor replicated through a work from home environment.
WFH, on the other hand, not only reduces operational risk but also helps companies decongest large cities while helping open up opportunities to larger portions of the workforce in securing their livelihoods. The operating method of this model unavoidably and equally impacts the key members of the employee population along with their family but it certainly helps build social capital karma, healthy relationships and better team dynamics.
This revolution’s impact on the work sphere has required tremendous faith and support from every end to sail through the unchartered waters of this value chain and stay collaborated. While it is important to continue working from home until we see a medical breakthrough in the efforts to discover a vaccine, we must look at rebuilding social capital and continue WFH by reinventing professional etiquette to suit this set up due to its many advantages.
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This pandemic has been heartbreaking yet an eyeopening tragedy. It has taken many of our age-old methods and hard-earned comforts but in those moments of deprivation it has also forced us to replace these outdated routines with more efficient and mindful systems and only time will tell us if WFH is one such replacement.
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