EXPLORING THE INFLUENCE OF WORK-FROM-HOME (WFH) METHOD ON THE PRODUCTIVITY OF EMPLOYEES DURING THE COVID-19 -FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF EMPLOYEES
The COVID-19 played havoc with the national economy destructing the business operation and claiming the lives of many people. However, India, by virtue of its decisiveness, surmounted the pandemic by imposing perfectly timed lockdown, during which, the term “Work-From-Home” remained a common refrain for many of the Indian employees. In view of the unbridled growth of toll rate during the first wave of COVID-19, all the companies resorted to providing WFH Method to their employees. Hardly had the normalcy returned in the country when the number of COVID cases started spiking exponentially. Due to the resurgence of cases being reported in this second wave, companies continue to resort to WFH method worldwide. On one side of the coin, conventional wisdom has it that many of the India-based companies prefer their employees to opt for Work-From-Office method to track and monitor their performances in workplace. On the other side of the coin, as many as 88% of the employees, as per SAP Concur study in 2020, prefer opting for WFH method. Therefore, it becomes imperative to explore the productivity of employees during this WFH method. Does this WFH have really caused a significant impact on the career and individual development of the employees? This research paper attempts to answer the question casting light on the various aspects of employees’ productivity such as target achievement, performance improvement, new skills acquisition, work efficiency, result orientation, active participation in meetings and etc. Furthermore, it intends to explore the psychological perception of employees about WFH method studying their stress and satisfaction level.
Work-From-Home, Productivity, individual development, Psychological Perception and Satisfaction level.