Working In a Post-Pandemic World – What’s Really Happening

Uncertainty has been in the air for the past two years, and the worst part about it is that no one knows when it is going to end for sure. Once the virus spread across the globe, governments began taking measures to control the increasing number of infected cases, resulting in restrictions on traveling, social gatherings, public places, and even offices.

Apart from that,  state economies also began to suffer because of the obstacles that were created by the novel virus, and as a result, thousands of people across the world lost employment. Even today, people continue to struggle for stability.

Unsplash | People also turned to gig work to make ends meet

New world, New Ways

While some companies decided to let go of their employees, others decided to follow a distance-based work mode. In order to regulate restrictions while keeping the work going, some organizations even opted for a hybrid working mechanism that promotes both working from home and from the office.

The Truth Behind Work From Home

It sounds reasonable for employees to dedicate 8 hours to their work and spend the rest of their time with their families at home – doesn’t it? But unfortunately, even with work-from-home protocol, that is rarely the case. This remote work situation has only increased the hours on the employees’ end.

Unsplash | Most employees are spending 10-12 hours working every day

The narrative is being pushed that working from home is more beneficial for the employee than the employer, but the truth couldn’t be further from it. The employee is working on their own computer, using their own electricity, and putting in extra hours while being paid the same salary. On the other hand, the employer is saving a lot.

Is Hybrid Mode the Right Choice?

Working from home does look good on paper, but it has its own consequences, especially in a hybrid model, where a group of employees will be bound to continue their work online while others will be going to the office. This could possibly single out a group of professionals, leading them to be classified as independent contractors since their work would be similar to that of a freelancer.

You might be thinking that this is not so bad, but you haven’t thought of the consequences of becoming “independent contractors”. This group of employees will be subject to different pay, benefits, and their rights will also be affected because they are working remotely.

Unsplash | Remote work practices have also led employees to experience mental health issues

Bottom Line

It’s highly important that employers start thinking about how this can affect both their business and employees. The best course of action is seeking out a more empathetic approach and giving enough creative space to their workers to promote productivity within office hours.