Explained: How is the work-from-home culture changing during a pandemic?


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Updated: Tuesday June 22, 2021, 2:21 PM [IST]

New Delhi, June 22: With the novel coronavirus hitting the world last year, many companies have been forced to close their offices and work remotely. Now, after a year, people have slowly started to adjust to the work from home culture.

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Sharing his experience, Mohit Gupta, who works in an IT company, said there are both advantages and disadvantages of working from home. “While this has ruined the work-life balance, I am grateful because it has protected me and my family.”

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Agreeing with Microsoft’s 2021 Labor Trend Index which says that high productivity masks a depleted workforce, he said, “I had so much work today that I couldn’t even take a bath. Office hours have become so stretched that I’m busy from 9am to 11pm or so, so I can’t give my family time. “

Gupta, who manages a team of around 15, said many employees lack office essentials. “Being in the IT industry, we faced several technical challenges. Some people are not tech savvy, some don’t have a laptop, and some don’t have the Internet.

“Now people have taken notice of technologies like Zoom calling, VPN, Anydesk and this has equipped us to work remotely if and when the need arises in the future as well,” he said. added.

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For Payal, a public school teacher, managing household chores and looking after her two-year-old daughter while taking online classes becomes extremely tedious. Stating that working from home is very difficult for a married woman, she explained, “There is a lot of housework in the morning and that’s when I have to take online classes as well. Sometimes I participate in online webinar sessions while working in the kitchen. “

Tuhina Pal, who works in the corporate sector, shared details of her job (work + vacation), “Last year I went to Satpura National Park for a week and worked from the resort. I took my laptop and made sure I had a good Wi-Fi connection. “

“Although the WFH has given me opportunities that might not have been possible when I was working in the office, it has its drawbacks,” she said. “Previously we used to have an hour’s break, but now there is no longer a concept of a break. Sometimes I also have to work weekends and holidays.”

Giving an employer’s perspective, Shikhar Chadha, CEO of The Tarzan Way travel company, said: “At first the WFH was very difficult because we didn’t know it. Coordination over the phone was difficult, but we eventually adjusted to working remotely.

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On the way forward, he said: “As the lockdown is lifted we will adopt a hybrid model where we will go to the office two days a week and the other days we will work from home. costs. to rent a large office. “

Notably, now that Covid has calmed down and people are getting vaccinated, several companies are allowing employees to decide where they want to work – in the office, remotely, or a combination of the two. According to the Microsoft report, 73% of the 30,000 workers surveyed want flexible remote working options to continue.

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