There must not have been a time when we have not wished for HR formulating kind policies of working from home more than once a week. But never did we question whether we genuinely wanted something of that sort to become a reality. 

Be careful what you wish for! 

From kind policy to harsh reality, most of us have now been living the ‘once upon a time’ dream of working from home. The faint boundary of the workplace and home has finally merged, and we cannot tell one from the other.

But we are a species that adapt and that too adapt quickly. We now have a plethora of Do’s and Don’ts articles, guidelines, friendly HR mails, etc. at our disposal to help us adapt even better. But one can only experience and learn, for no one size fits all. 

When I began working from home, I was in a total mess. I found it hard to work in a homely environment with a silent continuous gibbering of family members in the background. I missed having a proper table and chair of the office. Those flexible chairs on which I even used to stretch when I felt stiffness in my body were a blessing. I miss the board on which I could write down my daily/weekly tasks and would strike them off upon completion. No digital sticky note can commensurate for the feeling of successfully and physically striking down the completed tasks for the day. I miss the times when I could just gape blankly at something fascinating while I am thinking or maybe pass a candid smile to someone crossing my work area, or those short water cooler chats and those group lunches. I miss those useful and useless conversations which were sometimes a Eureka moment and other times a matter of uncanny laughs.

Though I am happy that I get amazing home-made food every day and at regular intervals, but does it compensate for the lost opportunities of working from home? A short random conversation with the boss that used to solve a problem quickly now has turned into a queuing system requiring a prior appointment for the same. Has the system become inefficient? The time will tell. 

While there are talks of improvements in productivity levels, I am concerned about the reduction in the overall development that a workplace is supposed to be fertile for. The part where you could interact with those who are higher up in the system is now non-existent and for someone who is new, it removes the networking aspect from the equation completely. 

Now, I yearn for changes in my usual home/work environment. I feel unusually bored sitting at a corner of my home all alone. A casual check-in at a nearby café where I could work peacefully would do me wonders, IF ONLY! I have arranged paper stickers at my home-work place to fill in for the whiteboard and marker. The chairs are still uncomfortable, and I feel I have gradually started disliking that area of my home!

Nobody would have imagined how an innocent wish of a friendly work from home HR policy would land us up into disliking a part of our own homes. It is convenient, this whole ‘work from home’ scheme. Good quality food at our beck and call, savings in terms of time and money owing to travel, comfortable clothes, a quick nap after lunch at times – heavenly, yes. But can we enjoy such heavenly leisure forever? Well, certainly no. It becomes boring after a time and change are inevitable for continuous growth. 

So, bring on some change, please!