The challenges that have been thrown in the #covid pandemic era at organisations, employees and governments have created confusion, contradictions and chaos more than clarity on how to mitigate and deal with the new normal.
I have been in plenty of discussions with colleagues, friends, customers and connections on these issues. But hardly have I come across articles, posts, news items discussing this topic in detail though vast number of employees are airing their views in various online forums.
But companies and organisations are not making their views public openly as much as they should. So, I decided to write on this topic:
Challenges and Solutions to deal with the new normal.
And how my world class software technology platform
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Here is one giant global corporation which has made its views and policies public on WORKING FROM HOME (#WFH)
But before that - here is just one comment from an employee on an online forum where hundreds of thousands are venting their grievances about #wfh
Is work from home increasing the pressure on employees?
Pugazhendhi V, Answered September 28, 2020 · Author has 341 answers and 23.7K answer views
"Yes, yes very much. Too much.
This WFH has led to a total brutal exploitation of work force is happening. A big torture is directed on the employees. Very cruel. Poor employees, since the there is no other chance of alternative to put papers, all are undergoing this torture and stress.
By all means, these corporate entrepreneurs prefer to continue WFH only. Bcoz, they get 20 hrs of work from everybody at lowest cost. This in unethical, cruel and brutal. Must be stopped immediately."
Washington, United States:
Software giant Microsoft will let employees work from home permanently if they choose to, US media reported on 10 Oct 2020, becoming the latest employer to expand work-from-home provisions prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Verge said most Microsoft employees are still at home as the health crisis drags on, and the company doesn't expect to reopen its US offices until January of next year at the earliest.
But when it does, workers can chose to work from their residences permanently, although in that case they will have to give up their office space.
"The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged all of us to think, live and work in new ways," Microsoft's Chief People Officer Kathleen Hogan said in a note to employees obtained by the tech news outlet.
"We will offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual workstyles, while balancing business needs and ensuring we live our culture."
In a statement to AFP, a Microsoft spokesperson didn't address whether work-from-home would be made permanent but said, "Our goal is to evolve the way we work over time with intention -- guided by employee input, data and our commitment to support individual workstyles and business needs while living our culture."
The Verge report said employees will need approval from their managers to work remotely on a permanent basis, but can spend less than 50 percent of their week outside the office without approval.
Some employees won't be eligible for remote-work arrangements, such as those who work in Microsoft's labs or train other employees.
In its memo, the company co-founded by Bill Gates said it is possible for its workers to relocate across the United States or perhaps overseas, The Verge reported.
Those that relocate may see their salaries change depending on where they go, and while the company will cover expenses for employees' home offices, it won't cover relocation expenses.
As of the end of June, Microsoft employed 163,000 people, 96,000 of them in the US, according to a securities filing.
Some major tech firms have already allowed permanent work-from-home arrangements including Facebook, whose boss Mark Zuckerberg said half of the social network's staff could be permanently working remotely within five to 10 years.
Just 3 days ago ........
'Online meetings can make employees tired and make it difficult to transition from a work mindset to private life, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft and owner of #Linkedin said at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council on 7 Oct 2020.