The times we are facing right now are times that we have never encountered before.
Yes, working from home was a practice that many had taken up in the past. It is not something that was just conceptualised after the pandemic struck.
Content developers have been working from home to create their own space in society.
Freelancers do it often as a part-time income.
New mothers opt for working from home to take care of their baby and their work, simultaneously.
However, the proportion of people working from home was always significantly lesser than those who did work from home. Yet, all of that changed when this year rolled in like a wrecking ball and turned our lives upside down.
In 2020, because of the pandemic, and it became necessary to distance ourselves from each other socially. Consequently, work from home became the new social norm.
Now that the pandemic has given a slight reprieve. Employers all over the world are asking their workforce to come back to work in the official setting.
It may be useful to curb the number of people who have had to take up unemployed loans to make ends meet in these turbulent times, but what about the bigger picture?
Let us try to find the answer to some of the questions about this transition.
The numbers are still rising, then why is the notion put forward?
Have you seen the latest numbers of the infected and dead? Let me tell you that they are petrifying. Looking at them, you are bound to be terrified of being one of them.
Yes, the recovery rate is high, but who is to guarantee that you are going to be one of the recovered and not lose the battle against it?
As of 28 July 2020, these are the numbers;
16.4 million people have been affected by the virus.
Although 9.5 million have recovered, 651,000 have succumbed to the virus and died.
Doing the math correctly, there are still over 5 million active cases in the world.
Taking about the UK specifically, there have been about 300,000 known cases. The death toll stands at a frightening 45,000. While the recovered data is unknown, there are still plenty of active cases that can make a community spread, if not curbed.
Now you think and tell me, how is transitioning the work from home to the people packed office safe, especially with numbers that look like that?
Can’t one person make the entire workforce infected?
The number might even be as low as a few thousand people, but of those people were to meet others, the numbers would increase again.
Would you argue with on this?
More than the severely ill, the asymptomatic pose a more alarming threat to us.
These are people with no symptoms at all. They do not spike a fever, they do not have a cough, and they certainly do not experience any breathing difficulties. These people get infected by the coronavirus, they recover from it, and they never know whether they have been one of the numbers being broadcasted on the internet and the TV.
Since these people do not know they have the virus, they usually live without being quarantined, and they perform their daily activities like an average, healthy and uninfected person would.
Coming in contact with one such person would land you in the trap of the virus. Now there is no guarantee that if you contract a virus from an asymptomatic person, you might be the same way and not become critically ill.
Now, if there are over a hundred people working in one place, and even one of them has the virus, the entire workforce would be at risk.
So, can the transition be wise?
Is the efficiency being compromised?
Work from home, we know the meaning of this phrase. This is when the official work is done from the confines of the employees’ home.
The operative word in this phrase is work.
Anyone who is doing work from home fulfils all of his duties and responsibilities that he would have performed at work.
If I talk about myself, I write as much as I used to before the work from the home stipulation, if not more.
The word count is similar.
The research is done as I did in the office.
The quality of the work is still at a level it used to be before the virus took the world over.
There is no need to call me to work for my bosses because my efficiency is the same. Because they understand this, they are not pressurising any of the employees to come to the office.
That is how we should work.
Even in the financial sense, when I needed some assistance, I was able to get very bad credit loans with no guarantor from a direct lender online without having to go to the lender personally. The fact that my credit history did not affect the process was just a bonus.
If the majority of the work can be done from home and that too with efficiency and ease, I do not think that there is a need for anyone to make the stipulation of coming to the office a compulsion.