Why MNCs should consider 'Work From Home' as the future of corporate culture

The impending deadly global pandemic is looking us in the eye, and the entire human race is working as one unified entity to fight the threat of Coronavirus. Many schools across geographies have sent students on a break, but organizations can’t shut shop and sit ideal, that too when the world economy is already in shreds.

Instead of conceding to the situation, several multinationals have let their employees work from home. This would prevent them from traveling for prolonged duration twice every day, spend nine hours amidst hundreds of people and have meals at public places.

With the husband working from home for over a week, and as someone who drains three hours – if not more - on traveling back and forth regularly, I wonder, why is this ‘Work From Home’ situation happening only in the face of such intimidation?  

Work From Home

Medical transcriptionists, professionals associated with writing jobs, business development executives who meet their numbers by working the phone, consultants catering to clients in the US, people in the software development industry working with global teams connected via emails, group chat applications, access shared systems through VPN, don’t really need to be at office every day. Why can’t giant multinationals, and consulting firms adopt ‘Work From Home’ and a standard operational procedure instead of a preventive measure in trying situations? The benefits are aplenty and brings a little positive change in every life.

An average person loses five productive energetic hours everyday in preparing and travelling to work. If all one must do is switch on the laptop and dive into software and applications, why waste so many hours in “getting ready to” open the laptop? Don’t they say, time is money? Imagine the amount of personal pursuits one can chase if these wastes five hours are gifted back. Painting, poetry, reading, dance, yoga classes… whatever the heart desires. The fulfillment achieved by visiting these creative avenues would take the levels of well-being several notches up. A happy employee is always a more productive employee, organizations acknowledge this.

‘Work From Home’ option, with limited travel as per requirement, be it for training or occasional meetings can add a to the talent pool enormously. Say the Chennai-based software guy who’s a perfect fit for that opening in Gurgaon, but relocation is not something he is open to, can be made an offer anyway.

This option opens a world of possibilities of stay-at-home wives and mothers who have the potential to excel but there are commitments that keep her inside, say an infant she is nursing or an elderly who needs assistance every three hours. Again, women who once had a burgeoning career, but were compelled to step out of the workforce to accompany the mister in a new state, city, town or village, will get that golden opportunity to make the best of both worlds.

In a progressive world where the demarcation of gender-based roles is blurring out, men working from home can take an active part in the up-bringing of their children and keeping the home straight.  Dropping kids to the school bus, helping with the chores, running little errands in between two con-calls would take the pressure off the lady in the house. That could turn out to be the new mantra for an ecstatic matrimony.

Its not that the companies themselves wouldn’t reap huge profits from this practice. A massive piece of their revenue that goes out in acquiring extravagant office spaces, or lease in affluent corporate buildings could be invested to churn more money. They will be spared from shelving out towards electricity or internet, maintenance expenses and a plethora of other amenities as well.

The happiest of all would be our little blue planet. Our glaciers are melting, and forests are burning. We are chopping down trees to lay stone and pitch to accommodate the ever-proliferating mobile population. And then there are roads packed with a stagnant traffic, an ocean of gas-guzzlers smogging up our air. Our fuel is getting scantier and pricier.

Thousands of vehicles not showing up on the streets at 8 in the morning and 6 in the evening cannot completely solve this cumulative problem. However, lesser cars on our roads can still promise a slimmer traffic, clearer air, slower depletion of natural resources.

Who loses out in this deal? No one. Who gains? Everyone actively involved in the cycle, and many of those who are not. Employers, if you are reading this: Think… think… think.