This is according to an employee wellness expert who works in the public sector. The fundi says the working-from-home model should be adopted on a permanent basis for those employees whose jobs can be executed remotely because there is no need for them to be physically in the office. “There are jobs you can literally do from home. There is no need to micro-manage people. It is an era of macro-management. What is important is that they deliver. You just have to give employees data and other resources required to do their jobs properly”.
The other spin-off or advantage of working from home, as the result of the global pandemic COVID-19, has been the strengthening and restoring of the family institution, argues the expert. Families are now spending more time together, thereby bonding more and getting to know each other more as husbands, wives, partners, parents and children. People have learnt new skills such as baking and cooking. The lockdown regulations have also led to savings with regards to fuel and transport costs.
But working from home is not always akin to a walk in the park, the expert points out. Some find it hard to strike a work-life balance while working from the comfort of their homes. “One of the challenges is to restrain yourself to working hours. You end up working well into the night, with your laptop or computer always on. It also becomes a problem when you have very young children as they have no adequate grasp of working and personal hours”. Any advice how to overcome these challenges? “It is very important to plan your day properly, know when to take your lunch, and make sure personal issues do not interfere with your normal work routine”.