The world is changing, and the ‘new normal’ is taking over. In this new world, wearing face masks is mandatory, washing hands is a necessity, public places are no longer open to the public, and the lines that separated work and home have blurred. These are not temporary shifts, waiting for the culmination of the pandemic so we can go back to our old lives. It’s a permanent transition, and sooner or later, everyone has to learn to accept and deal with this new normal and make the best out of it.
Among the many layers of change that the pandemic has left behind—so far—work from home is the most prevalent. First, it started as social distancing, arising from the need to save people from the infection. Then, it became a makeshift solution to avoid the impact of the oncoming recession. And now, work from home is at the doorstep of the future, where millions will work remotely from their homes and ‘work-life’ as we know it will change forever.
Perhaps, it is too soon to predict the future. But the wheel of change has already set in motion. Whether it’s the east or the west, organisations have begun to roll out their policies for work-from-home employees. Many are doing away with their office spaces and supplies to save money in this uncertain time.
For their people, Facebook and Google have implemented work from home through the end of 2020. Twitter and Square, on the other hand, have done the same, but for an indefinite period. Other firms—tech giants and start-ups alike—are also jumping on the work-from-home bandwagon, asking a better part of their workforce to do couch labouring.
The impetus behind such unprecedented measures ranges from less operational costs to higher retention. But the real benefits of work from home lie on the side of the employees who were stuck in the web of nine-to-five for years. Now, they have an unusual opportunity to escape to the uncharted territory of working from home that may have rough edges, but also a detour to rewarding work-life.
The satisfaction quotient and the desire to stick around with the company are also more when people work from home.