Pakistan, along with the rest of the world, has simultaneously experienced the complicated relationship of transitioning to remote working positions in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic. Although many experts have predicted a move towards working from home in the coming years, this arrangement being a result of COVID-19 has created its own challenges.
Despite workers being able to avoid long commutes and a healthier work-life balance, some employees are eager to return to the office.
So how can companies prepare for the future of work that is happening before our eyes? First, finding a balance between the office and remote working will be key. Many analysts have proclaimed that the office is dead, but the reality is that many workers need a space outside of the home with reliable internet and privacy. In Pakistan in particular, home life often includes a joint family system, which can make it difficult to focus.
Socialization with colleagues is also essential for collaboration and mental health. Maintaining these relationships through spontaneous interactions can help improve overall work performance and nurtures creativity.
All of this considered, the office will have to undergo necessary changes. Workers still value flexibility and safety in the workplace, so organizations need to create a space that emphasizes the wellness and health of employees.
While the office is still an essential part of a company’s operations, finding a balance of both remote and in-office working through a hybrid approach could be the perfect solution.