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The largest-ever work-from-home experiment could bring reform: What do you think?

The largest-ever work-from-home experiment could bring reform: What do you think?

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China, Singapore & Hong Kong are having millions stay home from the office due to the Coronavirus. The world’s largest work from home policy never seen before could trigger how we do business in the future.

 

Could you imagine such an experiment? The time it takes to commute to the office there and back, no longer needed. People using task and communication software from the trigger of the keyboard, not dependent on where they are located. For many tech companies, employees only need their computer and an internet connection for work.

 

It’s probably happened to you before. You are in an office with a group of colleagues, and you need to ask a question to one of them. Instead of getting out of your chair to go across the room to ask in person, you send a quick message via Slack, and your colleague sitting across the room answers. The question then pops in your head, “Why do I need to be in the office 9 to 5 every day?”

 

We are seeing this more and more as communication tools become so convenient as it limits in person discussions within the office place. At the same time, written communication reminds the employees what was talked about and if a dispute occurs, the evidence is there.

 

For years, the younger generation has requested a more flexible scenario for working. Many large corporations are still run by older generations accustomed to their 9 to 5 policy. It is only a matter of time the hierarchy latter will change. Thus influencing company policy.

 

Now this change may move faster than we had ever thought. The first signs of the experiment are actually showing progress with digital tech companies. One tech base digital company in Hong Kong caught up in the Coronavirus fiasco discovered the quality of work is no different, as cited by CNN. In fact, they now plan to add such flexibility benefits once the epidemic blows over and people go back to their daily routines.

 

Stats are also making the case from employees who have flexible work arrangements. According to one study done by PGI:

  • 82% of telecommuters reported lower stress levels
  • 80% of employees reported higher morale when working from home
  • 69% reported lower absenteeism

 

“The stats don’t lie,” says Ivan, CEO of Cryptotask a decentralized freelance application. “More people are working at home than in the past, in addition, workspaces are popping up globally. The need to travel a 40 minute commute across the city, can be compensated by heading to the local workspace 5 minutes from your apartment. Work flexibility is not about being a prisoner in your own home. It’s about the ability to work anywhere you want.”

 

Workspaces are on the rise. All together growing 15.2% globally in 2018 and 9.2% in 2019 respectively. The number of workers who go the freelance route, do this because of the work flexibility.

 

Here a CryptoTask we see the market heading into more flexible work hours. Not only are businesses taking notice with their employees, but people are moving towards more freelance type gigs that offer more flexible work hours. The number of freelancers rising year by year cannot be ignored.

 

Will this experiment caused by the Coronavirus result in improving work flexibility more rapidly? Or will it just keep the same level of growth and trends we see today regarding work adjustability. Only time will tell. But what we do know, that there is no stopping what workers want. And that’s flexible work hours.


 

So what do you think? Will this experiment be the catalyst for flexible work reform?

 

Leave your comment below. 


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James Deagle new user

I think it will be a catalyst for flexible work reform. I live in a city in which it can take an hour or more in each direction to drive to and from work--I would hope that most people would feel a sense of futility once the usual rat race resumes.

Technologically, our society has been more than ready to accommodate working from home for those who do the bulk of their job with a computer. The fact that most of us cram ourselves into vehicles in the morning to go to an office for work that could have been easily done at home is offensive to me.

It's high time the Internet Age started living up to its promise, and that the employment world shook off its antiquated thinking.

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4 months ago

i am a home office working person and I really liked this. I still do not understand why people have to stay trapped in a building all day long, meetings and etc can be arranged more efficiently. 

4 months ago

Heather Dimmer new user

I'm going to go with definitely! There is so much data now on the benefits of flexible working and realistically the only thing stopping a drastic culture shift in terms of availability of flexible working is fear of change and reticence to invent - companies are having that choice taken away from them and more will undoubtedly see the benefits and capitalise on them just as the company in the article has. 

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5 months ago

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Iwouldnt want to work from home. I like to keep my work and private life separated, that's much better for the mental health. Waking up on a day off and you look around you and see you are at the office sounds like a nightmare.
The interaction between colleagues is for many people a part of their social life too. The entire global societies are already way too individualistic.

I wouldn't apply for a job with too long traveltime anyway,. Money is fake and designed to replace the slave chains so we think we are free. And people who think they are free tend to work harder than those who know they are slaves. Materialistic individualistic slaves who think they are worth more than someone who wears cheaper cloths for example. Thats the level of mind control the entire world is caught in. People are willing to do anything to buy that overpriced iPhone Apple earns 50% pure profit on or that insanely expensive Louis Vuitton bag, so they will work whenever, wherever the boss demands.
Besides of this all, i bet there are still less office jobs than real jobs, so it isn't that much of a matter
Corona is a whole different story. It is artificial, and it is purposely unleashed upon us, and i think far earlier than was meant because there are everyday more and more people becoming part of whats called the great awakening. Knowledge is power in this case, and the evil elite would be out of power when the majority knew what they really are.

Corona is devestating and it will cost billions of lives. It only just started. Many jobs will be unmanned, but also many jobs will be obsolete, because there are not enough people that need their products.

5 months ago

TOM STEEL guru

With the current trend in the way things are being done and the approach that different governments are handlings this, the misfortune might affect many more things and just work or workspaces but also education, banking, and even the delivery industries.

I will also say that this area will also bring many laws and policies that will affect work and these policies might remain even long after this situation has passed.

If this situation Leeds to a positive return in terms of work and workspaces many companies might review their policies around this and make it very possible that people would be able to work from home and as such many good might finally come out from this.

5 months ago

NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

This will be one of the best experience ever.

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5 months ago

I think the results we see from this will be interesting but I don't actually see this as a significant inflection point in increasing acceptance for flexible work reform.

This is because so many of the jobs in China are manufacturing based and can not be done effectively from home.  The overall impact of the outbreak will be a loss in key production areas and the situation will be viewed negatively overall.  Any benefits are likely to be lost in the overall drama and angst of the outbreak and the lack of advanced planning to allow the transition to move smoothly.

In my experience, (having both managed remote employees and worked remotely) only a subset of jobs can be done remotely - whole categories such as manufacturing and service jobs are simply not possible from home.  Additionally, in roles that could be done remotely, not all employees can effectively manage workload independently either due to level of position autonomy or work style issues. 

A good example of why this won't work for many employees is exemplified by the numerous people calling out childcare as an advantage of working from home.  Although this may work with older children, younger children take a great deal of time specific care and attention.  Unless you have a highly autonomous role with work timing flexibility, caring for children and effectively doing job responsibilities are not compatible activities.  Working from home does not preclude the need for childcare!

I think eventually overall job flexibility will continue to increase, but progress will be gradual and focused on certain job types and areas.

 

5 months ago

Tom Usborne new user

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5 months ago

I think the current COVID-19 outbreak could reveal insight into wider spread cases of people working from home.  Based on the information provided above I hope the result that companies find is as posative as the studies had found.  

The impact on the world would be huge for people and the planet.  The quality of life for many people would go up, families could stay together giving more people the opportunity to have children without the need for expensive child care which can be hard to find if even affordable at all.  The pollution caused by commuting would definitely decrease with less cars on the road.  

I've always dreamed of having a job from home.  My only fear would be job security.  As mentioned above the term "freelance" is a scary idea.  To me this means lack of security of income.  Will there be enough well paying jobs that one could count on if they move to a freelance system.  If it meant giving up a full time job with a stable company for a contract based freelance work from home situation it would be a tough choice for me.  

I'm not sure the draw and benefits of working at home for freelance work would outweight the risks of giving up a sure thing.  Not to mention I imagine that freelancers do not recieve other employer based benefits like dental or vacation time. I suppose it would totally depend on the industry one works in if this could be a viable choice.

5 months ago

Lite Liger new user

Crypto Enthusiast from YouTube

Micro jobs and working from home are definitely things that people want to do more in future for obvious reasons, let me list some. 

1) More time to multi-task things like cooking, cleaning or doing other chores

2) Ability to maintain multiple part-time and over distance jobs at same time

3) Flexible working hours

4) More time to spend with family and kids

5) More comfortable environment

 

Only negatives i really see with this is that you may not get any workout or you might become a social outcast and may not be exposed to enough different people to hang out with (co-workers) 

5 months ago

who would not want to work from home if this come to my place of employment i would gladly say yes i will.

5 months ago

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5 months ago

That will be awesome. It will make life easier and allow you to work at your own pace most of the time.

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dr dent18 guru

Its always easier to work from home but there can be a lot of distractions at home which may reduce the total amount of work done. A new recruit may also need others help to get accustomed to the work routine. It is mainly useful for women to take care of their families. Not all jobs can be done from home.

5 months ago

Picxy Joe expert

Well for me, I have been always a fan of flexi-time working, but you see, it will take a long while for most firms to adapt to this kind of schedule, probably doing the transition in phases will be ideal.  But in a case where it must be eminent like China, i guess they don't have a choice than to adapt an develop the flexi-time culture, else they will be losing out, economically. Yet, there are still some jobs that still requires daily physical presence of its employees, those in the real sector, those in the hospitality sector, in the healthcare sector, they will need some kind of manned-robots to replace them, I think.

5 months ago

Currency trading has went that route.  You may have the consequences of isolation in that situation.  Alot of jobs are going that route because of the cost of office space and equipment.  

5 months ago

Sam BTC guru

Just a common Crypto enthusiast.. Wait crypto is not common it's special :)

I think work from home, tele working, remote working are going to see a major surge in the coming years due to several reasons:

  • Pension support is falling in all major countries and this will lead to lesser attraction for long term contractual 9 to 6 jobs
  • Work life balance is suffering in today's environment and more people than ever are looking for flexible arrangements where they can work from home to maintain flexibility with commitments to friends & family

Coming to the current case of China with the coronavirus situation, I don't think this is a good example because China is primarily a manufacturing hub with large factories with huge manpower producing products of all types. This kind of factory work can not be done remotely you need people present physically in the factories. I think it will surely have a negative impact on manaufacturing capacity of China during the coming months.

On the other hand countries whose main industries are linked to digital based companies the impact will be much less as they are already moving a lot of people to the tele working model.

 

5 months ago

NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

This is a very sign and a way to make more flexible i will say that it is a research that is worth trying out for me i will as a graphics designing in a company and some days that feeling often comes up, that is: why go to work today when i can work well from home? and some days i don't actually go to work and work from home.

working from home is good but it also takes a very disciplined person to work efficiently from home, i think with some level of training that will come out well. Creating workspaces is like for me the best way possible, because of even though i go to the office i also most times work from home during the weekend and also end up with the same results.

Freelancing is already a very big market already and with the upcoming and new telecommunication technologies, i will say that it will soon become a bigger niche and trend in its own sector.

Very soon business and the whole market including the educational sector and the banking sector will be changed dramatically also.

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5 months ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

I visited the PGI and CNN sites and I think the corona virus pandemic (as illustrated on the CNN site) is more severe than I thought. Also, the stats (from the PGI site) seem to indicate that more people are only going to lean towards the work from home style. 

Is the largest work-from-home experiment going to bring about reform? Yes. Looking at previous deadly outbreaks, it's going to be adopted in a lot of developed countries. The H1N1 virus gave a similar scare over a decade ago. The Ebola virus at its peak claimed many lives. I could go on and on but what I want to reiterate is that occurrences like these are bound to happen. When they do, people will be grounded and the best way to work will be from home. 

However, countries without strong internet connection cannot resort to this experiment. It will favour the developed countries best.

I'm thinking in a few decades, the work-from-home experiment will be an industry on it's own generating massive revenue worldwide. Unwanted problems do give rise to innovative solutions. So yea, I'm all in

5 months ago

Man, you took CoronaVirus for promoting Work from Home project... That's brilliant.

I don't have doubts about your success anymore.

Will this experiment be the catalyst for flexible work reform?

- Absolutely.

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5 months ago

Karen M guru

I think this will show more companies that working from home is a viable option. Being forced now due to the virus will have that silver lining. Some jobs can't be done from home but many can be. Giving the right job to the right person is key. The employee must be self motivated and disciplined to do the work on their own and there are computer programs to check on on the employee... yes this will set a new standard.

5 months ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Of course measures can also be put in place to ensure prompt delivery of work. Late delivery for example should result in allowance deductions.

5 months ago

Truly this would be amazing. I took online classes for college and let me tell you, it was a lifesaver. I don't think work is any different. Most of my jobs, I could have done from work. 

5 months ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

The way you said lifesaver made me laugh. I believe it saved you so much time to do other things then.

5 months ago