Why corporates want to go back to office and not work from home despite COVID ? If you are thinking on the same lines, read below interesting facts !!
Officegoers complain that work days can stretch and there’s no concept of fixed timing in WFH
Ever since the pandemic broke earlier this year and several offices across the country were closed during the lockdown, work from home (WFH) has become a key component in the new normal of our lifestyle. Over the past eight months, workers in several sectors of the workforce have come to work from home almost permanently, as several organisations are trying to minimise office presence of employees. However, the WFH culture isn’t sitting too well with many employees. During the various stages of Unlock over the last few months, many companies have started giving employees the option to work from office. And while it isn’t mandatory in several sectors, despite the pandemic, workers are taking up this option, preferring to work from office instead of home. The reasons range from having a more structured day in office to better work-life balance.
‘When you are at home, you are your own HR, IT guy, everything’
Disha, an analyst with an MNC says, “With everyone at home on call for work or school, the internet started acting crazy. And if anything goes wrong, you end up having to fix it yourself. In office, you can depend on the IT guy but at home, it was annoying to be in charge of stuff like tech issues while trying to work. It doesn’t let you have enough time and energy for your actual work. That’s why as soon as the company asked who wanted to return to office, I put my hand up.
‘If I go to office, my family takes me more seriously’ Mrs Kumar,a banker, says, “Initially when WFH began, I thought it was a blessing- getting paid to work while staying at home. But it wasn’t. Even though you are on your laptop all day, your family doesn’t understand. I got so tired of the constant interruptions. All your family sees is that you are sitting in front of a laptop. Now that I go to the office, they seem to take it more seriously and actually believe me when I say I’m busy.”
‘Impossible to focus on work at home’
management executive Siddhant recounts why he went back to office in September, “When you have your spouse working 10 feet away from you doing their own calls and your kids in the next room, it is impossible to focus. A house is not designed for that. There are so many distractions. I found myself constantly procrastinating. So, when the option presented itself, I decided to go to office. It’s been two months and I have been far more productive now. It helps that there are fewer people in office now, so social distancing isn’t an issue.”
‘In office, my work day has a fixed timing unlike work from home’
Nachiket, a software developer says “While working from home, my working hours almost always stretched from morning to midnight. I would always get a call late at night from someone or the other. There was no concept of an ‘off’ time period. At least, now that I go to office, when I punch out at 6pm, my day is done. This gives me time for my family and the much-needed work-life balance.”
‘Posture and health take a hit while working from home’
Nafisa, an IT professional says, “I didn’t have a desk in my house from where I could work. So, for 4-5 months, I worked from the couch or even the bed. The result was I almost developed a serious back issue. In office, you have those chairs that make sure your posture is somewhat ok. At home, that went for a toss. Your posture, and your health consequently, take a hit. I jumped at the first chance to return to work. The office has all the safety measures in place. Plus, this allows me to stop torturing my back.”
………Excerpts from a Lifestyle article that appeared in the “Times of India” newspaper