The article is contributed by Chayan Mukhopadhyay - Co-founder & CEO, Qandle.
Work from home has become the new routine for millions living in the modern era in the post pandemic world. Thanks to the continuous improvement in digital technology, websites like Zoom, Skype, Teams, Google Hangouts etc., have made it possible for an average individual to work efficiently from anywhere around the world. This has led even big organizations to realize that physical presence does not matter as much in the overall productivity of the workforce. In fact, several jobs are getting done far more effectively than before, primarily because employees are more comfortable in the WFH routine.
A home office might sound appealing to those people who are scouting for a new job in the work from home era, but working in a remote environment has both pros and cons. Here are a few things to understand about the WFH jobs:
It is important to have distinct working hours
The first and foremost thing one should ask before getting appointed in a remote job is “what is the work schedule?” One thing that several employees have felt as a disadvantage of the WFH routine, is that there are no time perimeters around work like the traditional 9-5 schedule. Several employees are having to work on their day job even at night, and many have to attend meetings at unreasonable hours, and overall, the workload has expanded extensively as compared to earlier. A remote job needs to have designated time just like any other job.
The increased relevance of technical skills
It has become mandatory to have the basic technical skills to thrive in a WFH job. Online work and communication require knowledge of various digital platforms. This is why it is important to ask potential employers to give detailed instructions on vital equipment and software one should have knowledge of, in order to efficiently work from home, such as working laptop, passcodes, network access, a guide for remote login, important application and tools for project management etc. Additionally, workers should also learn all the essentials of online meetings, remote collaborations, and those technical skills that were not previously used in a physical work office.
How telecommunication will help in building a network
Working through the digital interface enables employees to gain multi-divisional collaborations from different companies that are headquartered at various locations around the world. Telecommunication is an integral part of a work from home job, and this will bring new connections with professionals that are situated in diverse areas. It is highly beneficial for an average employee, as it provides new things to learn, and new collaborations will expand the horizon of working opportunities in the future.
How WFH can help create a work-life balance
In many industries, working from home is considered as just an increment in screen time amongst employees. However, this is not necessarily true, if one decides to draw clear boundaries around work hours. Workers can function more productively in their daily chores, whether they are professional or personal, once they create an optimum balance between their work life and personal life. While both are being operated from the same position, a differentiation between the two is important. Doing so makes employees less tired and more enthusiastic to continue their assignments. Furthermore, it allows them to schedule work around their personal life, leaving additional time for themselves.
Working from home can give the thrill of independence, but with that comes new responsibilities to perform. Having proper self-discipline, planning, and focus are vital to complete any job from any location. Not to mention dodging distractions of home and feelings of isolation can be hard tasks.
Working from home can give the thrill of independence, but with that comes new responsibilities to perform. Having proper self-discipline, planning, and focus are vital to completing any job from any location. Not to mention dodging distractions of home and feelings of isolation can be hard tasks.
Lastly, it is important for employees to recognize all the benefits and counteract all the disadvantages offered in a WFH job. One should only opt for companies that are flexible and assert policies that boost employees' productivity and work morale.