With the number of COVID cases steadily declining, companies have started encouraging staff to return to the office, some regularly and others for a limited number of days each week.
But it is not yet clear which model will be the preferred way of working in the future: work in the office, work from home or hybrid model?
As offices gradually open, people are excited to return to the office and meet colleagues after two long years. And yet few are keen on working five days out of the office, given the hassle of commuting and the downtime lost in traffic jams.
Office goers want to have a hybrid model in which they will go to workplaces two to three days a week and work from home the rest of the week. Some were also in favor of including switching time in their working hours. “It takes me at least 3 hours to go to the office. Even though I don’t get tired while working, the trip is bad for my health,” said Vineet, who works at an automobile manufacturing company, Yazaki India Private Limited. in New Delhi.
Supporting Vineet’s view, Saurabh Ghadke, working at a public relations firm in Mumbai, also vouches for a hybrid model. Since joining the organization, it’s been working from home for him. “I’m excited to meet my colleagues, a new experience…first day in a new office. But it’s a two-hour trip from Navi Mumbai to Lower Parel. Working from home has become a habit now,” said he declared. .
For Nisha Agarwal, who works at Nokia in Noida, juggling between office and home is no small feat. “You can’t ignore either. It’s not as easy as it looks,” she said.
Nisha said: “I’m super excited to be back in the office, but my only worry is working from home. I’m too tired to work after hours, but there’s no escape. By working from home, I saved on my travel time and I could finish several things in those two hours.”
There are some who think that going to the office is a break from the routine of working from home. “The office, to me, felt new to me as it had been almost two years since we had been returning to the workplace. The place looked and felt different with lots of new faces and changes. For most employees an IT guy like me, working from home has been all about comfort and work has been smooth as well, so for me it’s more about breaking the routine I’ve grown accustomed to working from home,” says Gaurav Gurudas Pandit, Senior Executive Technical Support at Infibeam Avenues.
While people are excited to return to the office and break the habit of working from home, the switch is a chilling effect for most of them. Spending hours in traffic in scorching heat when there is a tested alternative makes less sense. While some companies want to fully return to their pre-pandemic office setup, others are open to the idea of working from anywhere. Some people, on the other hand, want the best of both worlds – a hybrid model.