COVID-19 outbreak has made the employees, the employers and the governments to re-think about Work From Home. WFH is not a brand new concept. It was introduced a few decades back. In the 1980s with the birth of the Internet, this concept came into practice. Many companies used this concept from time to time. Starting from large companies like Yahoo this was used by the many small to large scale companies. But they didn’t continue with this concept. Some companies used mixed methods like using both WFH home and working on-site practices.
Is this concept practical enough?
Yes, with the advancement of technology, collaboration, work progress tracking, activity monitoring, conferencing tools and methodologies were implemented. So this concept is 100% practical.
But there are some issues too. Unplugging from work is the issue faced by most remote workers. Apart from that lacking person to person communication, security were some other concerns.
Sri Lankan Context of WFH
In Sri Lanka, the WFH concept was not widely used since the COVID-19 outbreak. This was mostly used by few Sri Lankan IT companies. And the government never promoted this concept. But with the sudden COVID-19 outbreak, as a practice of social distancing government wanted to promote WFH. But the Sri Lankan companies, employees were not ready enough. Most of the people were not aware of this concept. But some private sector institutions successfully carried out their work using this concept. Most of the IT companies and the IT Departments of the Sri Lankan companies were using this methodology. But as soon as the lockdown was lifted some companies reverted to normal while few companies kept practising the same. Almost all the companies which tried out this concept proved that this concept is feasible for our country as well. As an impact of COVID19, almost all the companies are working towards reducing their operational cost. But how many of them thought of using WFH for reducing their operational costs?
Tharindu Rajapaksha MBCS | CNSS (ICSI - UK)
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