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I think we’re gonna see a lot more flexibility in this area. I like to get out of the house, but I know a lot of people who like to stay home if possible. I do think this COVID-19 situation will breed a more stay-at-home centered culture, which isn’t all bad. There’s definitely some pluses to it like more time with family and less pollution. Maybe this will be what saves our environment?
Another plus - no more long commutes to work and back home.
Another tech giant offers working from home as a permanent option. The tech industry is probably one of the most flexible when it comes to remote working. All most people would really need is a computer and an internet connection.
Yes, I saw this and was initially encouraged. However, Zuckerberg ruined the moment by adding that any home workers that moved to a lower cost of living area would would see their salaries reduced.
Absolutely scandalous. You are paid for what you do not where you live....
With the caveat that not every profession or position is suitable for working from home, I'm quite certain that it should be totally normal.
I have worked remotely, including from home, for many years, and have always advocated for it.
In my line of work (systems administration, DevOps, that sort of thing) having to go to the office to work is actually detrimental, in terms of efficiency. Commute time (even though my commute used to be 8 minutes on the motorcycle, and now is 20 minutes - for people with cars or on the public transport it can be hours, including traffic jams) is generally wasted time - even if you can listen to podcasts or read a book, it is usually is not about getting work done. Office environment, especially with current predilection for open space designs, is absolutely not conducive to efficient work, in my case. Where at home I can have a nice lunch the way I like it at my own dinner table and be done with it (and spend some time with wife and kids if they are already home); at the office a lot of time will be spent choosing what to have for lunch today (especially in Israel :D ), then actually having that lunch and associated watercooler conversations will eat up even more. Mind you, I'm all for slow food approach and not having to rush or, God forbid, eat at my work desk. But all in all the pattern is that at the office my effective work time is cut down drastically by unnecessary routines and propensity to distractions (in part because it is not a kind of office where you can lock the door and go work).
Of course there are challenges in working from home, too.
It requires discipline, for starters. But I do presume that if you just watch Netflix instead of working, you'll soon lose the job. Again, if you can do your job and watch Netflix at the same time, that's a bonus!
Then you need to kit out your home office the way you need it. Chairs, displays, keyboards, speakers, web cameras, what have you. And, importantly, you must be able to isolate from the rest of your habitation, otherwise the same distraction problem will apply.
During the current lockdown the largest problem for people with kids is the child care, but there's no workaround for that anyway. You adapt, figure out shifts if both parents are working, balance out roles if one is not working (having to juggle kids IS a full-time work role, harder than many), etc.
But all in all, being able to work from home (and/or anywhere else but office) has so much more advantages for me than not, it can't even compare. It is normal and expected for me, and I'd like it to stay that way.
Totally agree, in this day and age for IT and Software workers to be hustled every day into a brick & mortar building is, unless they are responsible for physical hardware work on a regular basis, redundant and frustrating. I don't buy into the productivity enhancing value of "water cooler conversations" or being able to barge over at someone's desk without prior scheduling or consideration for what they are focused on. I think one of the main reasons remote work was previously frowned upon, seen as being lesser "engaged" and "productive", was more because of the old adage "The eye of the proprietor fattens the cow" old school concept. But these days the cow can be fattened much easier by simply running some reports yet it always does take skilled managerial oversight to distinguish actual work value vs. noise.
Setting up a nice home office, with all the right equipment and environment is a beautiful thing! I've built mine over years such that it's nicer than any office I've worked in before. And I've once used to work in a place that was boasting a $60,000 "designer" fish tank at the reception desk.
Google is really setting a high standard here. Not just allowing employees to work from home, but also providing an allowance for them to setup an entire home office with anything they need.
We've been focused a lot on working from home, but haven't really spoken about education. In Malaysia, our government just announced that all university classes will be fully online until the end of the year, with exceptions only given to students who physically need to go to campus. Students like me, postgraduates who have to do research in a lab.
I know in South Korea they have reopened schools, but with some very severe restrictions and precautions in place.
I wonder how other countries are handling education.
Interesting. Any women care to chime in?
Good to see that Malaysians, both employers and employees, are open to the idea of working from home post-pandemic.