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Work from Home: The New Work Culture?

Kamya Rawat

April 19, 2023

Before jumping into something new, we often weigh the pros and cons. What would the outcome be if X happened? How would Y benefit me? The unexpected global spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resulted in a serious global economic collapse. Governments implemented absolute lockdown, prohibiting non-essential travel and closing all non-essential operations. The COVID pandemic had a comparable effect on the world economy as the 2008 financial crisis; however, the long-term implications were more significant. The influence on business performance is greater in strongly affected regions and industries, which include education and healthcare. During COVID we all saw every other side to something and work culture was one of them. Getting started with remote work or working from home, you're likely in the process of evaluating the pros and cons of this new work style and what it'll mean for you. Due to the sheer flexibility, the freedom to wear casual clothes, and the shorter or zero travel time, remote employees are more productive and prefer working from home. Working from home also saves a lot of money, and there is a substantial cost saving for office space. Working from home allows employees to take breaks whenever they want, not feel rushed to end the call on family members whenever they call and can have lunch whenever they want. In general, a fairly flexible schedule is possible. This year, it is intended to elevate mental health, emotional well-being, and empathy to the surface. After two years of seeing people become sick at home, retreat from socializing, and deal with dread and worry, corporate leaders will face similar issues. This might involve therapist visits for the employee and their family, access to health and lifestyle facilities, mental health apps and platforms, additional days off, no Skype days, and company-wide weeks off to relax. Working from home enables you to devote more time to your physical and emotional well-being. Every situation has two sides, one positive and one bad. It's the same situation here. Some organizations declared working from home a permanent working practice, while others began summoning their staff back to the office. For instance, over 800 WhiteHat Jr employees have reportedly quit the EdTech start-up after being ordered to work from the office as reported by Inc42. Employees were hesitant to come to the office. The resignations emerged from full-time staff across the board. The corporation requested that its staff return to the workplace within a month. The resignation happened because the corporation required all employees to resettle within a short period, something many of its employees could not do. While the structure of remote work may continue to evolve, this flexible business model is here to stay. Remote options may continue to grow as technological advances such as AI can play a major role in managing remote staff. The transition to overseeing a remote workforce might be daunting, but with the right tech and hardworking employees, it can be a seamless process. In the long run, since many employees now expect remote work opportunities, it’s important to embrace workplace innovation.