The whole world is speaking about it and I don’t think if I share mine, shouldn’t affect anything! So here it is.
I don’t have to tell you what is Corona or how it spreads or all that statistics that you get in your social media accounts, I will leave all those to your judgement. But what I really want to share is my first week of work from home and my raw emotion or feeling of the week – I wonder how it would be in the next few weeks, may be something for my next blog.
I was working from home for the last one week, had my own time and no people to bug me so was a productive week, in fact I was able to achieve more than what I could have achieved by going to office. Yes, that to with my son at home. So, you may think I am going to say it was a fantastic week. NO, it wasn’t – I have worked from home so many times but not regularly, but those days were different -I would have planned things and kept important things for the next day in office or done that previous day. I am going to be honest here – I had always thought WFH is not that productive till this week. Then why is it still not fun - simple it’s the “people I work with”! you know it’s not my expertise that make me do a good job (to some extend) but it’s the people around me from work place that make me do things , by helping them , asking for help , having a chat, walking over to some ones desk, someone visits you at your desk, morning rush to get to office, traffic (never thought I would say I miss that traffic light 😊) …all this feels like a community that encourages me to do my best and that f2f interaction that gives me a human touch to solve a problem or create an idea. And someone is there to physically stop we when its time, now I have lost track of time sometimes I clock more than 8-9 hours. No extended lunch breaks or walk, no chats some times when I feel out of words to write, I would talk to that person directly no chance here have to call them. Yes, it will be fair enough to say I miss office! Don’t think of me as a workaholic for saying that in fact I feel like workaholic when I work from home. On the other had I had lot of quality time with my family!
But on the other side I am sure the corporate world will learn that WFH is much cheaper than hiring costly building and infrastructure. This event could change mindset of big corporations and soon we will find ourselves working from all corners of the country. Yes, this will surely trigger a change and I hope its good. I am sure many of you would have felt the same way – but on the other side there are people who are very comfortable WFH and they prefer doing so than commuting to office. I guess I am just an old social animal still trying to evolve and I hope I do. So, what’s your experience? Did you find yourself socially inactive the week? think about it and comment.