Family, old joys & some pitfalls: The work from home world, back home – Times of India - Freelance Rack

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Family, old joys & some pitfalls: The work from home world, back home – Times of India

Gurgaon: The last time Kushal had joined his father for a morning walk was in 2004, when he was in Class X. Sixteen summers later, the sales executive with a private firm in Mumbai still struggles to keep pace with his 72-year-old father. He has time, though, to work on his fitness; he will be with his parents in Kolkata till the end of the year as his company has allowed him to work from home.
For Meghna, the most enduring image of home in Kerala was the auburn light that streamed in from the window and painted her room during sunset. After spending 20 years in Delhi, largely within the bichrome of the crystal LED whiteness of office and the neon glow of nightlife, she has for the past couple of weeks been experiencing the sunset of childhood again. And the warmth of family – something she could come back to just once or twice a year, during short breaks from work. Now, suddenly, she can be home for months and work from there.
Since India began emerging from the lockdown in June, and plane travel resumed, young executives working in large urban centres like Mumbai and Delhi-NCR have left for their hometowns in large numbers. Many of them, particularly those who are single and live by themselves or with flatmates, moved because they decided to save up on rent. Many others did because they couldn’t handle work, household chores and cooking together. Many just saw it as a rare opportunity to be with family while working. “They are mostly those who are right out of college or single young professionals. A sizable percentage of this workforce has moved back to their hometowns as companies continue to function on the remote working model,” says Sanjay Shetty of strategic accounts management at Randstand India.
“In May, we were told by our management that we may not have to return to office for the rest of the year. So, I decided to move back home. This way, I am getting to spend some quality time with my family, which wasn’t possible earlier,” says Aastha Juneja, who works for an international bank in Gurgaon. Aastha is from Panipat.
Agencies working on the mental wellbeing of young professionals say spending time with family has made it to the priority list of many. “We are working with several organisations and during webinars and talks, when we ask employees what they would like to do in their free time, they say ‘spending time with parents’. This had never featured earlier,” said Richa Singh, founder of YourDost, an emotional wellness coaching startup. Several organisations understand this and are doing their bit to help.
“At Snapdeal, we implemented ‘work from home’ a week before the nationwide lockdown. This allowed some of our colleagues to travel to their hometowns before the restrictions came into effect. During uncertain times, isolation can be overwhelming,” says a Snapdeal spokesperson.
Working from the comfort of home and having family around them has also led a rise in productivity for some. “That’s because it feels great to be home for such a long period after almost a decade,” says Sahil Lalit, who works at a software firm in Gurgaon and has returned to Karnal.
But this shift in working lifestyle has a flipside, too. There are those who are finding it difficult to adjust to their parents’ timings, while those staying with joint families are having a tough time talking to their clients in peace. Another concern is the blurring of lines between the personal and the professional space.
“I will be working from home till December and while I enjoy being at home, it has been difficult as there is no concept of personal space. Besides, there’s commotion at home which makes it impossible to work,” says a 30-year-old IT professional, who did not wish to be named.
Dr Samir Parikh, head of the department of mental health and behavioural sciences at Fortis Healthcare, says the nature of a person’s relationship with his/her parents determines if the work from home experience is fruitful or not. “We cannot generalise, but in most cases, being with the family during a pandemic is a big boost. In some cases, however, it might drag some people down, depending on their relationship,” Dr Parikh adds.
(Some names changed on request)

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