Work from Home, a concept that wasn’t new to us before the pandemic
began. I being a working professional myself witnessed certain sections of the
employees opting to work from home 3 times a week. It varied from project to
project and the client.
But, with the onset of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, this unusual concept
became a mandate for all of us and we were asked to work from home. Ever
since the pandemic began in the earlier months of 2020, several offices
across the country were closed during the lockdown, trying to find its way to
enable the employees to work from home (WFH). They made several
arrangements to get our office computers, desktops couriered at home and
help us resume work while at home and this has become a key component in
the new normal of our lifestyle.Since then several months have passed and we shifted our office into our
homes made a little workspace in the place where we are comfortable
working from and imbibed the idea of joining the office from the convenience
of their homes.
Several startups and mid-sized companies sold their
workplaces to cut down on their rental expenses.
Now as restrictions are being lifted in the country, local trains have resumed
and now many workplaces and employers are requesting their employees to
come back to the office. This would make several of us happy but the major
the chunk of the employees are still struggling to accept the fact that they have to
start their lives again by waking up 2-3 hours early, making necessary
arrangements, get ready, and travel for an hour or so to reach their
But before all this hustle comes to another major responsibility. Finding a new
apartment to live in. Many employees were staying in rented apartments
before the pandemic away from their hometown. After work from home
became a mandatory working pattern, people started vacating their houses,
paying additional rent to their landlords, and moving back to their hometown
where they can work and save the money they spend on monthly rents. If
offices start resuming, the struggle of finding a home nearer to the workplace
While these are the pain for the people who have happily adapted to this
current pattern of working from home, many others are craving
to resume work and have a much productive work life. Now, in this article, I will
give you certain instances that people have shared with The Times of India
the newspaper was working from home has been nothing but a big headache.
One of the employees who is an analyst in a well known MNC says "When
you are at home, you are your own IT guy, everything."
Disha Khatri, an analyst working in Gurgaon shares her pain of managing the
fluctuating internet bandwidth, technical issues arising in her computer, and
others and says, "With everyone at home on call for work or school, the
internet started acting crazy. And if anything goes wrong, you end up having
to fix it yourself. In-office, you can depend on the IT guy but at home, it was
annoying to be in charge of stuff like tech issues while trying to work. It doesn't
let you have enough time and energy for your actual work. That's why as soon
as the company asked who wanted to return to the office, I put my hand up.
Another employee who is struggling in managing both her family and
work at the same time says "If I go to office, my family takes me the more
seriously". An associate banker named Ananya Kumar from Punjabi, says,
"Initially when WFH began, I thought it was a blessing- getting paid to work
while staying at home. But it wasn't. Even though you are on your laptop all
day, your family doesn't understand. I got so tired of the constant interruptions.
All your family sees is that you are sitting in front of a laptop. Now that I go to
the office, they seem to take it more seriously and believe me when I
say I'm busy."
A management executive complaining about lack of productivity while
working from home says that, 'Impossible to focus on work at home'.
A management executive Mayur Vihar says the reason why he went back to
the office in September, "When you have your spouse working 10 feet away from
you doing their calls our kids in the next room, it is impossible to
focus. A house is not designed for that. There are so many distractions. I
found myself constantly procrastinating. So, when the option presented itself, I
decided to go to office. It's s been two months and I have been far more
productive now. It helps that there are fewer people in office now, so social
distancing isn’t an issue."
So from this, we can say that going back to the office from the WFH pattern might be a
boon for many but a major lifestyle change for others too. Offices must
formulate a way to keep their employees happy and get much more
products than they ever expected.
The pandemic is not yet over. Resuming offices will give the employers
an additional responsibility of taking care of their employee's safety and hygiene,
sanitization norms and new rules need to be formulated, the healthcare
expenses need to be taken care of and many other things.
It's just a matter of time when things will take a turn in our professional lives.
Until then all we need to do is be safe, healthy, and happy.