The new coronavirus (Covid-19) has taken the world by storm. The outbreak started from China, spreading to other countries and now almost every nation is facing this danger. It is likely to affect more territories as the efforts to formulate a vaccine are still underway. What the authorities and entrepreneurs can do at the best is set up precautionary measure in terms of social distancing, using masks, frequent sanitizing etc. Restaurants, markets, shopping malls have closed down entailing unemployment, declining business and shortage of medical supplies. Not only this but the workforce doing deskbound jobs have also seen a drop in workload, posing a risk to availability of work in future as most of the governments have asked the companies to avoid gathering of workers on the premises. Higher management and employees are thinking of possibilities to keep the ball rolling in these testing times and work from home is a good option.
Necessity is the Mother of Invention
Though work from home option is not new to some of the workers, as it has been practiced before the arrival of this virus, but this situation has made almost all the companies to take it as a viable solution til this state of affairs continues.
Work From Home
Even if you have experienced it before for some other reasons, working from home is mandatory in the majority of companies for a different reason we were not expecting, especially when we do not know how long it is going to last. It has its own pros and cons when it comes to shifting your office work from totally professional surroundings to a domestic place.
Benefits of Work From Home
Since the World Health Organization has declared that corona virus has turned from epidemic to a pandemic, thousands of businesses are considering operational activities from a remote location connected through internet.
Let’s go over some of the excellent benefits of telecommuting!
This first change or comfort you feel working from home is the freedom and confidence when you know you are allowed make adjustments to your approach: take a break whenever you feel like, keeping in touch with family when they need your attention or grab a snack if you wish to.
Customize Your Surroundings
You may design and set up you domestic workplace that suits you the best, which is sometimes not possible in professional environment under company SOPs. For example you may sit back and relax on your comfy chair to keep off tiredness and fatigue. What is more, you can light up your room as per your choice or turn up or down air conditioner because you are only one to take such decisions.
Generally, the employers bear the cost of equipment, supplies and gadgets meant to be used in an office, but the employees are also chipping in without having any knowledge about it. Take commuting costs for example; an average employee spends around 5-7 percent salary on transport to move to and from workplace. Working from home saves this money which helps a lot to take care of petty expenditures. And don’t forget to add on the lunch cost!
Less Time Consumption
It is not about the money only; it saves a great deal of time especially in a world where congested roads are a routine issue. Once you know you do not have to go through this nerve-racking practice every morning, you are mentally relaxed and can put in your best effort to serve your employer. By the way it is also a better way to avoid polluted air on the way! Just moving from bed to bed – does it sound perfect?
Disadvantages of Working From Home
Lack of Willpower
Human nature tends to work more diligently when supervised by some authoritative power, even being watched by cameras, but working from home may affect our level of participation in our work when we are sure nobody is observing us.
Unnoticed Messages and Alerts
You cannot stay with your gadget all the time and some quick questions from your boss or clients may go unattended, and it is quite possible you spot a ping at 5:00 pm which was actually received at 4:00 pm because you were away to argue with a neighbor over the disturbance your pet might have been causing for example.
You may turn to your next seat colleague or reach out to your manager for his approval or opinion, but working from home may take a lot of time before you receive any respond from them. They might be busy in some meeting or a business phone call or having lunch or stuff like that. Though it happens once a while in a business day, yet it may prove to be crucial when ever other minute is important.
Missing Gossips and Convos
Staying safe from disease is an extraordinary achievement by social distancing, but as they say, ‘man is a social animal’, and not matter how professional you are – a usual working day seems tasteless without gossips about celebrities or convos about friends or colleagues, but this boredom is better than being exposed to this virus.
Equipment and Tools Required
From a layman to a super professional, Apps developing companies offer a number of applications and software solutions to hole online meetings, trainings, lectures and seminars from totally free features to Pro versions that users and clients can purchase to meet further corporate demands. There are dozens of options out there, but a few are given as follows for you to explore and decide which one works the best in your case.
- Skype for Business
Precautions During Corona Virus
As a lot of misinformation is making the rounds on social media and unauthentic websites, we provide you reliable and WHO-confirmed information on how to stay aware of the latest updates and what precautions we are required to take on.
Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand wash or soap.
Maintain social distancing at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. To be on the safe side, keep this distance even if the next person is not coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth because our hands make contact with many surfaces and can pick up viruses.
Practice respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.
And most importantly, stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider on the latest developments about COVID-19.
We hope you stay safe and take care of yourself more than usual while working from home, and we are sure this article gives you an insight about how to keep working from your domestic space along with safety measures we all have to maintain and ensure.
Though it varies from reader to reader, but which would be the ideal place in your house to work from?
Wouldn’t it be great to be working from your courtyard with your cute puppy in your lap?
How about a day under bright sunny sky and the other from the comfort of your bedroom?
Is it more productive or the other way around in your case?
We would love to see your thoughts in the comment box about working from home. Stay blessed.