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Would Working at Home be the New Norm?

With the pandemic at large and lockdowns happening worldwide, will there be a new norm to society? A new norm to work?

Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak, work from home (WFH) has been the new popular fad, but is it just a phrase? Or would it become the new norm?

With lockdowns happening worldwide, many organisations are forced to rethink their business procedures, strategies, and even cost structures. Some businesses are well prepared prior to the Movement Control Order (MCO), but not all companies are well fitted to WFH.

The pandemic, however, had given little option but to work through with WFH. Through this exploration, many businesses have come to realise the effectiveness of remote working.

Just as effective as working in the office, WFH provides many benefits while cutting away daily commute, and operational costs. This brings rise to the number of employees that might opt to continue WFH after the MCO period. However, remote working is by no means a long-term sustainable approach for everyone.

Employees would need to have self-motivation, self-discipline, professional and social interactions, and free of home distractions to make the most of WFH. The right technical capabilities are also needed, which is stable high-speed internet connectivity to ensure seamless interaction.

Moreover, not all businesses are fitted to WFH, especially those that involve hospitality, healthcare, construction, or retail which require on-site attendance to be productive.

Nevertheless, the current situation has brought about a global realisation of how effective WFH is. Redefining the concept of work and advancing digitalisation, WFH has caused a paradigm shift to how a productive working culture is perceived.

Thus, many changes will be taking place once MCO passes, where WFH might be a permanent feature to your business.

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