In order to check the spread of the coronavirus, people are forced to adapt to the “new normal” of working and studying from home through online modes. With meetings and classes taking place on Zoom, Google Meet, and other similar platforms, people are slowly getting accustomed to the new mode of working and studying. But are they saving time or spending more? The study says online work takes more time!
What the study says
The study that has been carried out by Atlassian, a workplace software developer, in almost 65 countries suggests that globally people who are working from home are spending more time working as compared to the times when they are working in an office. Having said that, most people are actually starting work earlier and switching off much later than the stipulated time. Indians added almost 32 minutes more on work while Israelis added 47 minutes more!
No time to cook, eat
Most families are having a tough time managing household chores and continue with their professional demands as well. Because of the pandemic, most household care and maids are also not coming to work, so altogether it has become a tough job for Indians to cope with the changes. Some say that they are “chained to the desk always” for meetings while some say that they have no time to cook or eat as all their family members are busy with either online work or study. A Delhi-based corporate executive said that she works for full 12 hours a day and then submits daily reports till 2 am which adds to her working hours.
Harmful impacts on health
This practice needs to change soon as if it continues it can affect the health of the individuals inadvertently. From long sitting hours to more screen timings, this sudden change in habit of the professionals is impacting their health tremendously. Indeed they followed the same routine while at work but they still had time to spare with a tea break, lunch breaks, and some regular chit-chats in between work. They would also commute for a particular time which balanced their long sitting hours. But with WFH, all of them are stuck with a regular routine that can increase their health risk incredibly.
The Policy Times suggestion
- As the lockdown has been lifted in most states, the workplaces must resume working from offices rather than continuing with the work from home culture. If not all, at least a good number of employees must attain the office while others may work from home and the cycle must be interchanged to break the habit.
- Working from home is actually making people more physically destructive with long sitting hours and no social time. It’s affecting the health and mind of the employees inadvertently. Thus, they must try to limit their screen timing and get a stroll whenever they can, to keep their mind and body on track.