Tausifur Rahman | April 07, 2020
“I have no
me, or what will
happen when this all ends.”
(Albert Camus, The Plague)
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the globe. The storm of death did not stop at Wuhan, after inflicting debilitating devastation in the commercial city it rose again and flew across the oceans and mountain ranges to unleash the horror in the dazzling cities of Milan, Madrid, New York, London and many more.
The powerful and brazen political empires are on their knees against an invisible and invincible enemy with no room for negotiation. The global economy is crawling under the deadweight of lock down, finding means and methods to break away from the iron clutches of today’s gloom. Notwithstanding the prevailing crisis and uncertainty, the business organisations are rapidly evolving and adopting smart technology to keep the ball rolling. Many services and technology organisations have enabled and empowered employees to work from their home. The experts and consultants are waiting for the work data generated during this period to comprehend and analyses the impact on productivity together with other key performance indicators. Perhaps, the result would shape the evolution of an alternate workplace “Home Office” and the paradigm of work culture will be redefined forever.
What will happen when this all ends
The crystal ball gazing to predict the economic growth curve may not be the best choice at this point of time. When the storm settles down, when the demon is defeated, when the employees return back to vibrant and bustling offices, when the office grapevine and gossips make you giggle with glee, the debate would commence about the practicality, suitability, applicability and acceptability of the Work from Home (Home Office) model as a viable alternative.
Work from Home (Home Office) model as a viable alternative. Much before this catastrophe hit the planet earth, many organisations had extended this facility to select group of employees subject to their job profile in the organisation. The consulting and services organisations are also experimenting, hitherto it remains an exception with limited usage. Many traditional organisations who loathed the idea of virtual meetings and preferred to have in-person conversation have been accidentally pushed into virtual meeting rooms. The feedback of the reluctant participants and naysayers would help to fine tune the model.
Work from Home -Business Drivers and Challenges
The Work from Home (Home Office) model will evolve over a period of time to offer multiple variants based on the industry sector, organisation culture and job profile of the individual employee. Amid the wrenching changes, it is imperative for the organisations to clearly understand, analyse and compare business drivers and possible challenges for adopting the Work from Home (Home Office) model. Below is the summary of key business drivers and challenges.
Every cloud has a silver lining
These dark clouds of woes and worries will recede with the passage of time. The calamity has created an ideal opportunity for the business organisations to revisit their existing policies and redesign their strategy vis-à-vis employee work location options. The acceptance and transition to new model would be an onerous tasks for the management of the organisations. The critical checking points for the smooth and seamless adoption journey is elucidated below. It is not a comprehensive list but an indicative list that may be expanded based on the organisation need and requirements
Times change and we with time - Who knows, that the time would come, when “Work from Home” would not be an exception but an expectation from employee.