As most of the countries are facing a lockdown due to the spread of the global pandemic, coronavirus, many companies are coming up with the “work-from-home” structure to keep their businesses running and help employees follow social distancing guidelines which is the need of the hour.
COMPANIES THAT HAVE COME UP WITH WORK-FROM-HOME
Many big and small companies across the globe have started work from home now. Nearly half of India’s technology workers, nearly 3 million, have already begun to work-from-home as social distancing becomes key to contain the spread of the outbreak. If employees continue to work-from-home for a few more months, IT companies are likely to conclude that 20-30% of their workforce can operate remotely, said Sridhar Mitta, founder of NextWealth Entrepreneurs, a firm that has more than 2,000 people offering services remotely.
Tata Consultancy Services has asked more than 40% of its employees to work-from-home. Accenture has moved over 60% of its employees to work from home in India and the Philippines.
Companies such as Cognizant, Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Swiggy, Paytm, Wipro and Tech Mahindra have offered employees the option to work-from-home. There are many other Indian companies, especially startups, which have asked their respective employees to work-from-home. Major firms like Twitter also made it mandatory for their employees to work-from-home. A Google office in Bengaluru has asked all employees to work-from-home after a techie was tested positive for the virus. The tech firm has already asked all North American employees to work-from-home.
Other Multi-millionaire brands
Apart from this, Google, Microsoft, Twitter. Hitachi, Apple, Amazon, Chevron, Salesforce, and Spotify has also begun with work-from-home. From the UK to the US, Japan to South Korea, these are all global companies that have rolled out mandatory work-from-home policies amid the spread of coronavirus. Amazon work from home is something that people tend to choose often.
ADVANTAGES OF WORKING FROM HOME
TIME SAVED IN COMMUTING:
One major advantage of working from home is that you will save time on commuting from home to office. In big cities, like Delhi or Mumbai, many people have to spend more than two hours every day travelling to their workplace and returning back. So when they are working from home, nearly 48-50 hours are saved in a month.
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YOU CAN START AND END WHENEVER YOU WANT:
When you are working from home, you are not bound by the 9-6 life. You can start and end your work as per your choice. In this way, the energy is boosted and you can spend more time with your family doing the activities you like. While working from home, you have complete freedom to decide when you should take a break or a nap.
When you are working from home, there are no travel expenses, no expensive company meals during lunchtime and definitely no expensive formal clothes for the office. If you want, you can work in your pyjamas. Moreover, setting up an office at home does not cost much and that is just a one-time investment.
DISADVANTAGES OF WORKING FROM HOME
BUSINESS PHONE INTERRUPTIONS:
Children, family and pets disturbing work calls are one of the major issues is you are working from home and almost everyone has experienced this. It becomes very difficult when you are in a conference call or explaining to your boss how productive your day has been while your child is shouting from behind.
Another con of working from home is that you have to motivate and organize yourself. No one is going to come and tell you to get on things. There’s no boss or colleagues to motivate you or boost up your energy.
LACK OF COMMUNICATION:
There is a lack of communication while working from home as you can’t be in a call all throughout the day. If a small doubt arises, you need to wait for the response and in this way, you cannot carry on. Also when colleagues interact, they can share their mutual interests and ideas and work more effectively.
WORK FROM HOME CANNOT BE CARRIED OUT
While most of the companies all over the world have started with work-from-home, there are still many countries in India for whom this might just be a distant dream. A report by Gartner, a leading IT service management company, says that 54% of the Indian companies do not have enough technology and resources for employees to work-from-home. It has been revealed that it is easier for IT employees like Google, Microsoft to work-from-home with the help of video conferencing and other software. But most non-IT companies and small-scale industries have no other option.
Small and medium enterprises are the worst-hit in India as most of them have little or no clue about how these messaging and collaboration tools work. BPO and KPO companies also cannot work-from-home. Group meetings and communication are also not possible for small companies from home.
FUTURE OF WORK-FROM-HOME
It’s changing the way we work, especially in the tech sphere. And while it may not be for everybody, employers may find they can save money and increase productivity for some workers. Fast Company predicts that remote work software, like mobile work tools and virtual reality conferencing, will become the preferred form of communication over face-to-face meetings.