With the corona outbreak, started a giant experiment across the world, that of mass remote working. We cannot deny how the idea of “office” is being redefined and reinvented. Instead of the usual hustle of getting ready and commuting to work, we all now look forward to team video calls every morning with a cup of coffee. Some day, the companies would return to the traditional way of working but meanwhile, everyone is realizing the perks in remote working.
Organizations will benefit tremendously from losing the limitations that come with traditional offices.
– Matt Burr & Becca Endicott, Wall Street Journal
The global picture currently reflects quite vividly, when the corona crisis gradually dims, it will have left a lasting impact on the modern workplace. We can already observe that millions of people around the world are learning to work from home, considering so many people are doing it for the very first time. Everyone is trying to figure out how to stay connected and efficient while working from the comfort of their home.
“Paid sick leave in countries like the US, which never mandated it before, has become a front-burner issue. More employers than ever are talking about mental wellness and work-life balance.”
In the changing times, we speak to Mr. Josy John, Corporate Safety Head at Tata Consulting Engineers Ltd., with over three decades of experience across various industries, including the oil and gas sector. Mr. John is rightly recognized as a Thought Leader and Safety evangelist for his expertise and contribution to ensuring human safety. Here’s what he has to say on the way of working being redefined by the corona pandemic.
How is the Corona Outbreak changing the way we work?
The arrival and spread of the covid19 virus has changed the way of working across the world. The number of people working remotely ( work from home ) has increased in India.
The model of engaging people in the IT-related industry was to house people in huge office complexes with some of them housing tens of thousands and with a whole support system for transport, food, and facility management. These office complexes were literally a beehive – there was a buzz all around – but today they are silent. All those who were housed in these complexes to carry out the contracts are at home doing the same activity. The pressure on many cities in India will reduce with remote working increasing post Covid19.
Digitization and industry 4.0 have been the watchword in the past decade and Covid19 is fast-tracking digitization, much faster than expected.
Organizations post Covid19 will reconsider bringing a large number of people to one location and put them to work, instead the work from home concept will continue in many places. The costs will come down and the necessity of constructing huge complexes will be reconsidered if work at home and remote working practices increase.
Covid19 will be a marker in history and newer business models that are cost-effective will develop, so brace up for it.
(Suggested Read: Managing Your Career during the Corona Outbreak)
(This piece was contributed by Mr. Josy John and Energy Dais reserves all rights of publication.)