Remote work amid Covid-19

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Meher Azeem Hakro

Since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in the world, the people's way of life, way of working, education
paradigms and economic thinking has changed radically. Work from home is becoming increasingly
common in Europe and the United States, and new technological and IT-based jobs are opening up.
Studies also show that work from home has doubled since the outbreak of the coronavirus. The most
people all over the world have been working now from their homes since the lockdown was imposed
because of Covid-19, but the nature of this work is also different because only educated people can do
online work whose work is only provide online services or shopping etc.For most of us, the office has
been in our home for the past few months. There is still no possibility of the office going as usual.
Employees also understand that working away from the office is not only possible but in many cases a
priority. A new way of working is being experienced across the world. The way it works might have a
profound effect on our domestic life, and if the scope of these effects is widened, it will have an impact

on our towns and cities as well.This experience provides many benefits to employees and businesses
alike. For example, employees gain flexibility, avoid the hassle of long journeys and are free from office
mess, while businesses reduce office management costs and find top talent from the world. Remote
employees are free from office politics, no worries colleagues are saying bad things behind their backs
or lobbying against them. When Corona is over we will definitely start going back to the office but not
the way we used to go. People work harder when they are in close contact with each other. There are
many things you cannot do without other people. It is human nature to like to be together and enjoy
being in a crowd because human beings are basically a social animal. However, we may see some
fundamental changes in near future and some things may not come back in our life.Some companies
have stated that they might allow their employees or staff to work from home. In fact, 50% of the work
is not only difficult but also impossible to do from home. However, Twitter and Facebook are also set to
launch a similar policy. Barclay Bank says calling 7,000 people to office may be a matter of the past.
Decreasing the size of offices will affect small, medium and large cities in different ways. It is also
possible that many businesses do not return to the city or city centers, thinking that this is a very risky
business and that other economic priorities may lead people to ask why such a large office costs so
much to be done. I think working from home will have far-reaching effects. This will increase the
pressure on homes. Negative relationships at home will be affected, childcare and work responsibilities
will become more vague and stress may increase. One study also tells that since people have been
directed to stay at home, the ratio of domestic quarrels and divorces have increased. In addition, people
being unemployed and living more at home have increased psychological distress.There are also many
private companies in Pakistan that are hiring employees from home. There are some companies that
offer 50% of work from home and 50% ask employees to visit to the office once or twice a week. In
developed countries, governments and the private sector are taking work from home very seriously. In
this regard, Rules and policies for working from home are also being formulated.In Pakistan the public
sector has also launched online meetings in view of the growing dangers of corona. That is why most of
the meetings in the offices are being held through video conferencing. However, working online is no
less of a problem in Pakistan where the internet system is terrible and in many areas mobile phones do
not work and provide the weak or distorted signals. In such prevailing situation, it is more difficult,
painful and even impossible to think about work from home online.Ecommerce is also a sector that
provides countless home-based job opportunities through which a good amount of money can be easily
earned. After spread of coronavirus, E-commerce is developing in Pakistan where most of the private
companies are also providing online services to their customers. E-commerce has also started working
through local businesses, which is getting a very positive response. Ordering vegetables online or
mobiles, laptops are also working to some extent successfully. E-commerce is now playing a huge role in
the days of social distancing because people are sitting at home arranging their necessities. That is why
online sales are on the rise. The lack of IT infrastructure in Pakistan is tantamount to creating more and
more problems for business people, which is why some businessmen here do not give much priority to
online work. If the IT infrastructure is improved then surely business community will prefer online
business and services from home.As the trend of working from home is increasing in developed and
under developed countries, this change will surely bring new employment opportunities for Pakistani
youth and even a rural man can offer his services for Europe or America. But the government needs first
to strengthen the country's IT and mobile phone infrastructure and bring them up to international

standards so that our youth can also provide their work or online services efficiently from home to the
other nations.