Work from Home, it’s Antiquity and a Global Shift of work Considering COVID 19
The idea of working from home did not emerge overnight. Before the industrial revolution, everyone worked from home. Skilled persons like formers, carpenters, blacksmiths, tailors, knitting women set out outlets at their home and sell their products from home. Eight hours work from office, cubicles, and factories were fashioned after the industrial revolution. When large scale production required workers to work in factories and industries.
From Physical to Digital Work
After the industrial revolution, working from home seemed to be an outlandish idea till the 21st century. Employees of all ranks had to work from a designated workplace. But thanks to the advancement in technology, internet, wifi and telecom that it became a reality almost a decade and a half ago. Job culture gradually changed. There emerged an idea of working remotely. GoToMeeting, Skype and later on Slack, Zoom, made it a reality. The thought Work from Anywhere made it possible for people of any age and skills to work who want to work.
Global shift of Work from Office to Home aimed at COVID 19
Since the World Health Organization has declared COVID 19 as a pandemic, Companies throughout the glob deemed it important to set out a work from home policy. Google, Apple, Huawei Hitachi, Amazon, Workforce, framed out a WFH policy. Especially telecommunication companies are making it a regular work by conducting virtual morning meetings to kick off the day, attendance, Conferences and closing up meetings.
Challenges of Remote Work
Most of the employees are working the first time from the home, so they face multiple challenges.
To get accustomed to the new working environment. Most people find it hard to adjust to a new working style.
Staying on the task is another hurdle. Since modern man has developed a habit of working in official culture. Working from home takes them out of that frame of mind. There is always a temptation for going to the terrace, trying a new recipe or maybe refreshing aquarium.
Setting priorities. Remote workers might find it difficult to manage time and remain organized.
Balancing home and office. Some people might have a home office but not everyone. So they find it counterproductive to deliver results. There is a constant interruption from family, kids, delivery services, and doorbell.
Feeling Isolated. These days when everyone is working remotely aimed at staying safe from COVID 19, workers feel isolated and drained at times. Everyone subconsciously has a stream of thought that when lockdown ends up so they will work officially.
Communication issue. Due to heavy terrific flow maintaining good communication becomes a challenge. Particularly for Emeeting or Conference. Either not everyone could appear at the same time due to connectivity issue or there may be a problem to generate consensus over a point.
Feeling over-worked and drained. One pitfall of WFH is that it seems never-ending in time work. There is no clear cut timeline to end the day. This causes a low feeling and drained.
How to address these problems
Set deliverables for every day. To avoid wastage of time be clear-headed about what has to be done next. Distribute tasks into categories so you can prioritize where to begin.
“Manage your energy, not your time,” says Melanie Pinole. So here is the time to fuel you. Organize your tasks according to your energy stream. Take breaks. Recharge yourself by taking 50 steps on a terrace, take a handful of nuts. Starch your body.
Hang a calendar of engagements and set a reminder. Note your appointment with a hairdresser, gym time, visiting doctor, an appointment with an insurance agent and other to-do tasks. It will keep you organized.
Be clear about your conferences and meetings online. Know the agenda and note minutes of the meeting. Make a quick announcement.
Treat your work like you do in your office. Act like being in office.
Turn On notifications on your phone and computer.
Set a space for an office. The best thing is if you have a home office, if not separate a place for you. It will give a signal that you are in the office.
Help kids understand the change. Explain why you need an interruption-free environment.
Consistency increases efficiency. Be consistent in working hours. Fix reporting time keeps us motivated. No one really wants to be labeled ad late comer.
See yourself in official attire. Working from home must not be a signal of a casual off day. Roaming around in pajamas is not a good idea. Keep going. Dress up like pre-COVID times.
Feeling lonely. Make a cup of coffee and live chat, video call, talk things of common interest with friends and family, let them know you care about them, share recopies.
“If you are going to try, go all the way. Otherwise don’t even start. Isolation, Isolation is the gift.”
So it’s all about how do we respond to an unforeseen situation. For some people, it might be havoc for others a bliss.
World Economic Forum on WFH.
Work from home is getting popular as coronavirus cases are increasing every single day. The US has already set a policy on the subject.
“46 % of American business having implemented remote-work policies as of mid-February,” writes Vicky valet, Frobe Staff.
From Australia to Canada, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, UAE, all the international companies have strategized their business. COVID 19 seems to be leading this global shift.
World Economic Forum Report:
The report reads,
“In that respect, COVID-19 may yet do what years of advocacy have failed to: Make telework a benefit available to more than a relative handful of U.S. workers. Only 7% of civilian workers in the United States, or roughly 9.8 million of the nation’s approximately 140 million civilian workers, have access to a “flexible workplace” benefit, or telework, according to the 2019 National Compensation Survey (NCS) from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. And those workers who have access to it are largely managers, other white-collar professionals and the highly paid. (“Civilian workers” refers to private industry workers and state and local government workers combined.)”
Keeping reports and writings in view it can be observed that this is the world of possibilities. What seemed to be impracticable yesterday has become a ritual of the day. Adaptability and adjusting to the demand of the time is the maxim for a swift go with the flow.