BY: Tham Keng Yin
Back when things were “normal”, a routine day would be something like; waking up early in the morning, getting dressed up, getting stuck in that rush hour traffic jam, finally reaching the office, leaving at the end of the day, going through the rush hour yet again before finally reaching home.
This entire routine changed in the beginning of 2020 when Covid19 Pandemic and subsequent lockdowns forced companies to allow its staff to work from home.
Perks of working from home (WFH)
Working from home eliminates the need to wake up early in order to commute and get to work on time. People instead can start work much earlier, or sleep a little longer before starting work when they work from home. They can even work in the comfort of their pyjamas.
The time used for travelling could be used more wisely and effectively by getting more things done instead. The extra time could also be spent with the family.
As most Malaysians are already vaccinated, many have returned to the office after being stuck at home for months.
Fellow employees who enjoyed socialising can finally meet their mates, however, not everyone is happy to return to the office after discovering the benefits and flexibility of working remotely.
Hybrid working environment
In a hybrid working environment, employees get to choose a work setting that works best for them or mix them up according to a schedule set by the management. This set up aids employees in achieving a flexible work-life balance.
With Covid-19 approaching the endemic stage, some employees might still opt to stay home with concerns of contacting this virus. A hybrid working option could spare them from having to suffocate in a mask all day which also restrains them from reaching their full potential. There are pros and cons for each method.
Hybrid working Pros
- Employees working remotely are less distracted and can concentrate better, hence increasing their productivity.
- Employees working at home reduce the possibility of spreading or contracting the virus
- Employees could also maintain a healthy work life balance which also in return increases productivity and a healthy mental state of the employee.
- Companies can save costs in terms of office space, utilities and various allowances if employees are allowed to work remotely.
- Companies could also employ from larger pools as distance is no longer a factor in hiring.
Hybrid working Cons
- Working remotely would mean that most company documents will be accessed online, thus risking company information leak.
- In absence of face to face interaction, tasks that require extensive collaboration might face barriers and hurdles preventing the free flow of ideas.
Hybrid working is here to stay and will be the choice where it is viable both for employer and employee. The pros and cons are the deciding factors that will shape this new mode of working.