The concept of a virtual office is no longer a distant future. It’s here, and it’s here to stay. When the pandemic struck, the spiraling debate in the business landscape of whether work from home is the future of work was laid to rest. Enterprises, small and large, focused on fast-tracking their digital transformation, adopting cloud technologies, and shifting to work from home models overnight.
The sudden shift to the virtual office was distressing for organizations and led to challenges, such as:
– Employee churn
– Lost revenue
– Operational slowdowns
– Unprecedented disruptions
Although the cruel statistics related to the pandemic seem to have slowed down, organizations are still struggling to find their feet in the landscape where work from home is the new normal. They either try to implement hybrid work models or much to everyone’s–employees and employers–dismay, opt for an offline work model.
We, at Bhaarati, are proud to say that we have adapted the perpetual work-from-home model. With a strong work-life balance strategy and a set of style guides and standards in place, we have adopted the work-from-home culture very efficiently and perfected it over the months.
While people pondered over strategies that will do more harm than good, Bhaarati was making frameworks to ensure their associates could accomplish from their systems at home what others did sitting in front of million-dollar equipment in the office. With WFH, one challenge was to ensure associates’ availability and high productivity. Bhaarati just insisted on that.
But how are we able to navigate the boons and banes of the work from the home model?
Only a few days back, a newspaper article justly illustrated how employees are now leaving big, high-paying, reputed companies and choosing start-ups instead. The priorities have changed, especially after the pandemic where work-life balance and mental health now bags the top-most position, followed by financial stability.
We noted the pain points of the employees and made a conscious effort to create flexible, fair work policies with a perpetual work-from-home model. Bhaarati insists on cutting the culture of working from 9 to 5 in the office or for more hours. We have adopted six hours of diligent, focused, yet flexible, productive hours. We religiously hold fun activities, learning sessions, training sessions, guest lectures, and other networking events to motivate our team even though we are all working from different bases.
Bhaarati is a testament to the fact that the perpetual work-from-home model does wonders for the organization and employees’ productivity and morale. In the woke world, companies are rightly expected to take on the responsibility of doing everything possible to create a healthy work culture that promotes work-life balance. After all, wasting time, money, and energy on a commute doesn’t do anyone any good. And who says the pandemic is over yet?
Most companies struggle for months to get the right resources they need. Because of our flexible, fair work policies, with a perpetual WFH, we get a huge response whenever we post an ad for hiring on LinkedIn. This is a clear indication of the growing trend for work-life balance in the marketplace.
For everyone struggling to be productive while working from home and getting distracted by the tiniest of sound around, we have a quick checklist for you! A checklist to help you remember that structure is the gateway to asserting boundaries and getting the best out of the virtual office model:
– Beat the lethargy by waking up early and having a healthy breakfast.
– Follow the Pomodoro technique for completing tasks.
– Pick the most important task first.
– Cancel your subscription to the streaming platforms. At least set a timer!
– Uninstall social media platforms or set a timer.
– Clean your workspace. Be organized.
– Avoid munching all the time.