Did you dare to dream of life about working on a Monday morning from your living room in your comfortable pajamas? There are few benefits of working from home.
With the onset of the mystifying and horrendous pandemic, our workstation got a new look in the year 2020. Suddenly, we were all asked to adapt to the new life of staying put in our houses. Our dream about working from home became a reality. But pragmatically not all jobs can be performed remotely.
Primarily, only white-collar jobs don’t need an office structure and so the employees in this sector switched to WFH. On the contrary, blue-collar jobs require the doer/employee to be present on the worksite. This was the reason for the higher unemployment rate in the manufacturing sector of the world economy. Such sectors couldn’t work remotely and hence crippled.
Talking about Work From Home, it took time but now after almost a year, we are all set with this new work culture. Here are a few benefits of working from home:
Benefits of Working From Home
1. New Work View Every Day
Now that the lockdown is lifted in most parts of the world, you need not sit at home in one corner and work every day.
Your workplace can be anything from a coffee shop in a mall to a cottage by the serene lake. Your work view is no more restricted to those 4 walls of your office building.
2. No Traffic – No Hustle
World metro cities like New York, London, Mumbai, and such suffer from the unavoidable nuisance of the traffic.
People living in these cities spend hours in public transport or a private vehicle which is both tiring and time-consuming.
With WFH, you can now forget your morning ritual to check the time to reach your office on Google Maps.
3. More Refined Work-Life Balance
Distorted work-life balance is the first step to inviting physical and mental health issues.
Therefore, work-life balance is a common goal shared by the employer as well as the employee. WFH has helped both achieve this goal.
As far as you are meeting the deadline no one is interested in checking if you are working within the 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. time frame.
You can plan your day as per your convenience and divide it suitably between work and family or self.
4. Huge Money Saver for the Employers
Pockets of the employers got heavier because of all the money saved.
Apparently, there are no expenses reported in the name of – rent of office premises, electricity, WiFi, canteen expenses, traveling cost of employees, special meeting-related expenses, etc.
This has led to huge savings of overhead expenses in the books of accounts of the employers.
5. No anxiety over the question ‘What to Wear Today?’
Yes, not having to decide which clothes to wear at the office is one of the greatest reliefs of WFH.
The need to have a work wardrobe can be completely eliminated.
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6. Significant Improvement in Interpersonal Relations
Current times with so much uncertainty around have made people more empathetic.
Normally, if your colleague is absent for a few days, it wouldn’t matter to you.
But during these days you would immediately zoom call him to check if everything is alright.
Team members have connected a lot better on personal fronts during the pandemic.
7. No restriction on the place of Employment
There are many jobs that are region or state-specific e.g. Professionals like Lawyers, Chartered Accountants, Creative Writers will easily find opportunities in Mumbai city vis-à-vis any other Tier II or Tier III cities in India.
Also, the pay scale varies drastically.
The rate of migration will remain under check as the physical boundaries of cities and states have blurred because of WFH. This will ripe great benefits in the long run.
These are just a few of the many benefits derived because of the WFH culture. But as rightly put ‘Grass is always greener on the other side’.
Not all of us are comfortable with working remotely.
Many pieces of research have shown that void of physical human interaction has led to mental health concerns amongst employees.
While the lack of accountability and discipline are a few of the many complaints that the employers have pinpointed.
Pandemic is still a reality with no sight as to when normalcy will be restored. So, WFH will remain in vogue for a long time from now.
Therefore, the only option, for both employers as well employees, is to adapt to the changing situation and make the most of the WFH culture.
Payal is a Company Secretary by profession who wishes to bring a positive change in this otherwise distorted world via kindness, empathy, soul healing, and through the beautiful and primitive medium of literary writing.
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