Asked on 29 May 2020
There are few countries that have already said they will allow companies to work from home indefinitely. But I personally don't think something like this will ever work in Singapore.
Yes I'm still working from home, as per co.'s directive.
I like it because it's own time - own target - and we still get things done. It goes to show employers that being at home doesn't mean slacking off.
However knowing most employers like mine, they'd prefer face time because punctuality is usually a KPI (not sure about you but mine is).
If you have a healthy office culture, then we will miss interaction with colleagues and the sharing of knowledge.
If it's a toxic work environment, then WFH is probably like god-send to avoid people. Haha.
I will still be working from home from 2 June 2020 until there is a statement from the govt that we can start working from the office. I personally would prefer to work in my office because I can have physical interaction with my colleagues, which is important for me.
Working from home indefinitely is actually a firm decision rather than a country decision - even though a govt can shape the way how businesses are conducted. I will not be surprise if there are tech firms out there who allow people to work from home forever.
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This has been a long-overdue process that needed such conditions to force change. On the bright side of things, WFH would mean that we spend less on frivolous activities like traveling which takes up 10% of your time every day for 40 years. That is 4 years of your life that can be channeled towards doing productive work.
This does not include processes which should have gone fully into the digital space a long time ago, including wet ink signatures. The value creation is not on the processes - it is on delivering value to people through information exchange. As such, WFH delivers on that as it forces companies to innovate to continue delivering the value without frictional costs of delivering value. This entire situation demonstrates one thing - WFH can be done, and companies need to continually innovate to digitize value creation.
I strongly disagree that this can never work in Singapore, we are smaller than our western counterparts, our technological literacy is high and information and speed should be exchanged faster and that frictional costs of delivering value must come down to stay competitive.
Based on the current guidelines, I will still be working from home. Unless there are no other workarounds then we can head back to the office!
Personally I feel like somethings are done much easier when I am in the office. I actually enjoy going back to the offfice 2-3x a week during the period of time before circuit breaker started when my company implemented team A and team B.
Hopefully post covid we will have a flexible schedule where we get to choose if we want to head to office for work.
It is interesting how you say it won't work in SG!
I think its more dependent on the industry we work in rather than country. For example, some industry that requires constant group projects and client interaction would certainly fare better with working f2f. There is this human touch that the digital platform just cannot replicate, as I have felt from my personal experience.
Likewise, I would like to hear from you!
I think the official instructions from MOM is that the default will still be working from home for most workplaces, to keep up with our current efforts in social distancing.
In my opinion, I think WFH will soon become the new norm for companies as this covid has proven that we can make things work even without a physical place where everyone gathers in the office and do their work individually.
On the topic of whether it fits western countries or SG, I don't really see why it fits them more. Would love to hear your opinion on this issue :)