Do you think with the skill set you have and the digital tools that are available to you, you can rather work from home other than going to office, working 9-5? How about there being a balance between the two? Can working from home gradually become the norm?
In my opinion if you are an IT person, there should be some flexibility in working 9-5 regularly at the office. The authorities involved should seriously give it a thought. Almost everybody nowadays owns a laptop and having internet availability and digital tools in hand, they can work anytime in the comfort of their home rather than following a strict 9-5 schedule.
Although working from home is the modern approach, many IT firms still make it a point to work regularly in the office. So I think there can be some balance between the two options. For instance, working from home thrice a week and going to office twice a week would be a good schedule for work. I think productivity is more this way because the individual gets a lot of rest, sleep and home cooked food which gives them the ability to work efficiently with renewed vigor and energy.
The less the work pressure in the morning about getting dressed, setting for office by car through the traffic jam to be on time, the better the individual is going to feel. He gets more freedom, enjoys quality family time and also works comfortably from home this way.
The person can also, in a relaxed way, sign up for online courses and amplify his expertise if he does not have to spend all five days at the office. That way he achieves greater skill set which will be good for his company because the person is now in a better position to tackle harder and longer projects, beating all the odds.
A company does need skilled and competent employees. If by staying and working from home, employees can be of greater service, the company has nothing to lose but rather to gain a lot. There can be deadlines for projects in the usual way – the only difference is that the employees get their work done by spending more time at home, gotcha?
There can be meetings and presentations on the two office days that I have suggested earlier. So the employees are on track; they know how many milestones they have already covered and how many more they have to carry on.
There can be seminars, birthday celebrations, festive dinners and other get-together parties in the office in the usual way. None of these social networking has to stop. The only point I am making here is that the employees are happier and more comfortable in their shoes by getting some liberty, working more time from the luxury of their sweet homes.