With uncertainty still looming over the status of the pandemic, it’s been over a year since life was thrown off-guard. The disruption has been immense and its impact insightful and enduring—affecting both professional and personal lives. Last year the global working population was forced to embrace the work from home (WFH) phenomenon. While initially it seemed like a convenient and comfortable option considering zero travel time and no dress code but one year down the sentiments amongst employers and employees have changed drastically.
Only 30% of employers seemed okay to continue the WFH culture while 70% of business owners and managers wanted their teams back to work. According to a report conducted by employment website Indeed.com covering 1,200 employees and 600 employers, Indian companies are less likely to support remote working post-pandemic as compared to global counterparts.
We at Wolfpack Workspaces, a co-working space in Bangalore and Kochi lists the Top 4 reasons why Indian employees can’t wait to head to the office -
Daily Discomfort - An office is designed keeping not only aesthetics in mind but also superior ergonomics. It maximizes comfort for employees and in turn, improves productivity. Working from home is not everyone’s cup of tea. The size of the house, internal sharing of work desk, higher noise decibels, and more confined environment have all resulted in great physiological and psychological discomfort. Compromised lighting facilities, poor ventilation and unergonomic furniture have added to the stress and strain removing the joy out of working.
Zoom into personal space - Zoom meets and other virtual meeting platforms have robbed people of their privacy. The fine line of professionalism with colleagues and work buddies has been broken making people feel more vulnerable to their domestic situations. A peek into one’s home settings, family relationships and breach of personal space has become a source of unnecessary intrusion negatively affecting productivity.
Poor work-life balance - Contrary to the belief, WFH actually spoils an employee’s work-life balance. One would assume that no commuting would mean extra family time but the last year has proved that work literally never ends from WFH. People end up spending long hours each day in front of the computer or on endless phone calls co-coordinating between teams and job sheets. The distinction between ‘work’ and ‘home’ has undoubtedly blurred.
Missing Sense of purpose and
belongingness - Virtual meetings and discussion
can never replace the joy of physical interaction and connection between
teammates. Your workplace satiates your needs of collaboration and belongingness.
It gives you a sense of purpose to function and work towards distinct company
goals. It instills motivation and more loyalty towards your company, your
bosses and the office culture. This long-term WHF has left employees tiresome
and fed up with the mundane routine where the passion and drive to excel is
clearly burnt out.
No wonder there’s a clear shift in feelings about WFH which show that a large majority of employees now want to return to the office. The is an upward swing amongst organizations to modify their office space ensuring employees’ safety in the workplace and yet create a platform to socialize and collaborate whilst following the new, post-COVID workplace protocols. Do you hear a loud shout out from the employees? We do for sure! Looking for a shared office space in Bangalore or Kochi? You hunt ends here!
We’re Wolfpack and we offer the best co-working spaces in Bangalore and Kochi.