The good and the bad sides of Work from Home

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For many reasons, those who have worked from home during the pandemic still want to continue the same. Of course, it’s human nature to want to remain within one’s comfort zone. Except for medical and healthcare professionals, for all others, WFH has become the norm to follow in 2021. In fact, social distancing was the main reason that proposed WFH. Many industries across the globe had to adopt the new normal culture in the workspace. Eventually, WFH had improved flexibility and productivity and could become a permanent mode of operations, for many functions in the future. 

The good side of WFH

  • Increased Productivity

    Organizations believe that WFH has given intended productivity. As the employees are at home, they can dedicate more time to their work. This is because they need not face the interruptions at the office and save time traveling to the office and back home. Therefore, it is assumed that employees can work for extended hours.

  • Employee retention rate is high

    Many employees feel that they can balance their personal and professional life. Being flexible, many tend to continue working with their employers.

  • Talents from anywhere

    Companies recruit potential candidates from anywhere. The right pool of employees ensures high productivity and the company grows in business. 

It has its perils as well

  • Remote and Isolated

    – individuals working from home may feel a disconnect from their colleagues and the organization as a whole that an office environment naturally allows. To address this issue, employers could ensure that communication is more regular. 

  • Distractions at home

    – Although home working removes the distractions that may occur in the office if a worker doesn’t have a suitably quiet dedicated working space at home, they may get easily distracted by household noises or other members of their household.

  • Extended work hours

    Although WFH gives comfort, employees must be flexible to work for extended hours than usual office timings. 

  • Increased competition

    WFH has ruled out the geographical work advantages which result in a shortage of locally available opportunities. Anybody can work from anywhere. So, organizations tend to recruit potential candidates from across the country. This results in increased competition. 

  • Other Challenges

    For many jobs, the internet, proper internet signals, Android phones, and computers are mandatory. If these facilities are not available, WFH is not possible practically.

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