Working Hard or Hardly Working?

By now we’ve all seen the term “Work from Home” or better known as “WFH” across different social media platforms. But what does this term truly mean? Of course, the answer will differ depending on who you ask. To some, it means setting up an office in a spare room, hoping that the kids won’t be too loud so that you can actually get your work done. To others, it may mean bringing the computer outside, logging in to work, and hoping that no one realizes you’ve spent all day sunbathing. Either way, working from home has become a necessity for many as safety and social distancing remains a priority.

For many companies, working from home was not something they were prepared for. Companies that focus primarily on paper-based records and fax machines needed to find a way to shift to online platforms. The legal industry, for example, has seen a large shift from server to cloud-based software, such as Clio, for their case management needs. As working from home become an overnight requirement, firms needed to adapt to the changing global scenario to continue offering their services more remotely.   

Similar to most things, there are pros and cons to both ways of working. Here’s a list of some pros and cons of “WFH”.

Pros:

  • No sitting in traffic while commuting to and from the office.
  • Can wear pyjamas all day, and simply put a nice shirt on for a zoom meeting.
  • No need to meal prep lunch in advance.

Cons

  • Less social- who misses their work friends?
  • Hard to stay motivated at home all day (especially with loud children!)
  • Snacking, snacking, and more snacking (did someone say quarantine 15?)

So, which one do people prefer? Some have probably gotten used to working from home, and have found that the pros outweigh the cons. It will probably be a struggle to get these people back in the office! On the other hand, I am sure that many are looking forward to getting back to their old routines. Getting dressed nicely for the day, picking up their morning coffee on the way to the office, and especially, socializing with work friends.

Only time will tell what the future holds for the “WFH” trend.