Working Remotely? What can we learn from COVID-19

Big companies rolled out work from home policy amid the spread of COVID-19.

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Maybe for a short amount of time COVID-19 has forced the companies to manage their employees to work from home. At first sight, this may seem odd but we can also learn that productivity and work-life balance gaps could be minimized under pressure. Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Apple, Amazon, Spotify all these big companies rolled out work from home policy amid the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 has been officially categorized by the World health organization (WHO) as a pandemic. Many schools, colleges, and universities have stopped working. This epic pandemic has raised the question that there will be a need for infrastructure and policy needed for remote workers in the future. Due to the economic impact of “social distance” due to COVID -19, Question has raised about the modern economy. According to the 2018 American Time Use Survey, less than a quarter of all full-time workers work at all from home on an average day, and even those workers typically spend well less than half of their working hours at home.

Also due to COVID-19, many are unable to travel from one place to another. We should figure out what are the categories of jobs that can be possible at home. As the productivity of the average worker may differ when working from home rather than at the usual workspace. There are few prerequisites that remote workers need to work in their home workspace.

  • Computer/Laptop
  • Internet connection
  • Conference/ Chat application
  • Self Motivation and discipline routine

Looking for first remote jobs is quite tricky because you are competing internationally, not locally. We need proper training for freshers to grow in a remote environment. As for this, I develop a job board to connect independent designers and developers to the companies. Companies are thriving to find the skilled worker to work in the remote workspace.

Not only the employee should prepare for this change but also companies should adopt the best practice to work remotely. Many of the companies have frozen their hiring process as they have no proper policy for the remote workers. As for this, millions of people lost their jobs. To work in a remote workspace, companies need to share their work in the cloud to their remote employees keeping in mind cybersecurity risk. This could only be done through proper planning.

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