Work from Home Model – UPSC GS3

  • 91% 0f employees in India are prepared for long-term remote workings.
Advantages of Work from Home Model:
  • Zero Commutation: When working remotely, a person doesn’t have to step out of their home. So it will reduce the time and fuel spent to and from the office commute.
  • Flexible Schedule: A person can choose to schedule tasks that would otherwise be left out like spending time on hobbies or learning something new.
  • Larger Skill Pool: Employers can extend their reach to hire a better skill pool across the globe, rather than just relying on persons available locally.
  • Saving on Office Space: Having a majority of all the workforce working remotely will help to cut costs significantly on office space and maintenance.
Limitations of Work from Home Model or Offshore Model:
  • Increased isolation: A person can become quite isolated if he/she spend the majority of the time by him/herself working independently.
  • Loss of Focus: Homes are comfortable, but they present their own challenges. Even with a strict schedule, it is difficult to not get involved with family work or responsibilities.
  • Lack of Accountability and Fall in Productivity: Work from Home makes it difficult for an organisation to chart the strengths and weaknesses of every individual while working remotely.
  • Blurring work-life boundaries: New normal has blurred work-life boundaries.
  • Logistical and technological challenges: Access to the required tools and technologies is a challenge for ex. Access to physical servers, testing tools, gadgets etc.
  • The work from remote will be explored moving forward even after the pandemic recedes.
  • The onus is on the organisations to provide for all the necessary support to their employees to enable them to function efficiently.
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