The pandemic has accelerated a rise in remote working for several organizations. This certainly has notable benefits: companies can save on real estate costs, hire and utilize talent globally, mitigate immigration issues, and experience productivity gains, while workers can enjoy geographic flexibility. However, there are some notable concerns too- sharing knowledge that isn’t yet codified, communicate across time zones and many more such.
Sushil Kumar Jain, President of Noida Sector 18 Market Association, and a resident of Noida, has written letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging to frame rules and regulations for work from home working model. In the letter, he has mentioned that work from home culture has the potential to significantly reduce the cost of infrastructure and it is certain that this work from home culture will continue even after the resolution of the Covid crisis as it has now become an integral part of trade and commerce.
“Since work from home is a fairly new system and there is no law governing the work from home system in the country, there is a need for a comprehensive and robust policy and guidelines taking into account all the relevant factors.”, says Sushil.
He further added, “Similarly, many other states have also asked people to work from home by imposing several restrictions. In the absence of a guided policy, it would be extremely difficult to follow this policy. If every organization makes its own rules for work from home, then it will lead to complete chaos and confusion”.
Anoop Kumar Soni, 34, resident of Gaur City, says, “In my opinion, work from home culture is good. But I don't think rules needs to be framed by government. It's a facility provided by employers to their employees which should not be misused as well. We need to strike a balance between WFH culture and office life.”
Raghuveer, a resident of Pavilion heights, Noida, says, “We have learned that during this pandemic, meetings can be held online. The other good factor about working from home is that it can save employees and employers time and money. You can now avoid hectic traffic, long awaits in metro, which also adds to productivity. There needs to be a proper framework and rules and regulations so that any conflicts can be avoided between employee and the employer. If we are considering work from home system for a longer run, these issues should be sorted first”.