Many organizations have been forced to adopt remote working policies whether they like it or not. Remote work is here to stay.
I travelled to my hometown just a few days before the national lockdown of India. I feel extremely grateful and happy to be with my family in these tough times. May God bless my employer - who supported me through that decision. They didn't question me how I will work when I travel to a small town where continuous electricity and internet are not a guarantee. This kind of trust comes from a very strong relationship between the two of us.
When I arrived home, my mom asked me how will I do homework for so long from here? (By homework, she meant, Work From Home!)
We are living in a different world today where staying home is the best service we can do to our planet. Many of us in the IT era have the luxury (and sometimes pain) of working from home. Companies are finding technology solutions to deal with this new kind of co-working space, where everyone is in their home, yet connected and working. Managers are finding ways to keep track of daily or weekly progress. Senior management team are going under extreme pressures of dealing with dwindling profits or no sales, and figuring out how to still pay fixed bills.
The employees at home are also dealing with this sudden change in life. Many of us are around our young kids 24x7 for the first time for that many days in a row or are taking care of someone sick in the family or elderly family members. There are several glitches with internet connection or sometimes even with electricity too.
So how do we make sure that we are able to work from home without compromising on the quality of the work?
First of all, it is important to note that Work From Home is a two-way street. As much as employers need us to continue to work from home so the businesses are not affected, we also need our salaries to flow every month so our financial health remains sane. And for that to happen, we have to work from home indeed.
This post is not going to offer a technology solution. It is going to open your eyes to a stark reality. How do we build an effective Work From Home Culture -
Last but not least - You should make NO compromise on values - No matter what place on earth you work from. If you tell your client to get back by tomorrow, you better do that. When you work, you work. When you take a break, you take a break. But you don't change as a person because of where you are working from.
Hope you are having a happy and superb experience working from home. Just make sure that your colleagues are feeling the same way too.
Swati is the General Manager of Social Venture Partners (SVP) Hyderaad, where she builds powerful partnerships with non-profit organisations to tackle India's most pressing social challenges. SVP is the world's largest network of engaged philanthropists, with over 3,200+ investor-donors across more than 40 cities worldwide. Swati is a Teach For India Fellow - she has taught 100 girls for two years in a slum community in New Delhi. She has previously worked with Hedge Funds for four years as a consultant in New Delhi and New York. Swati holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science from the Institute of Engineering and Rural Technology.