Are you convinced that Work From Home is really the way forward?
Is this a sustainable, permanent solution for the future?
Most friends and colleagues that I have recently spoken to, are really looking forward to coming back to the office. The novelty of working from home seems to have worn off. Colleagues cite several reasons for wanting to come back to work:
1. They miss the connect of being with people
2. Coordination, especially across locations often becomes a challenge
3. Technology glitches often end up wasting valuable time
4. Training new members that join the team is particularly difficult
Most CEOs across the world feel that permanent work from home is not a sustainable option for the future.
However, there have been some valuable lessons from the Work From Home experience:
1. Minimum outages due to extraneous reasons: when there are contingencies like bad weather, lockdowns, shutdowns etc, it is now possible to continue business as usual
2. Measuring productivity of WFH possible: after the lockdown, there is a clear system in place to track output. This makes it easier for companies to be more flexible with Work From Home if someone is sick with a cold, needs to just be at home
3. Limited Work From Home to promote Gender inclusion: For most Indian companies a 4 day work week at office would have been unthinkable. The lockdown has shown staggered working is possible & productive. For working mothers, this could be a tremendous retention tool
This article gives the pros and the cons of Work From Home.