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Experienced firms set to work from home

By October 23, 2020 No Comments

PETALING JAYA: While it was a “mad scramble” for workers to adjust to Work-From-Home (WFH), their experience during the movement control order (MCO) in March has made the transition easier.

Julayka Junaidi, 25, from Puchong said she expected the WFH policy to be implemented again due to the rising Covid-19 cases.

“But the first announcement for WFH caused a lot of confusion as my company needed to do a lot of arrangements.

“The guidelines given out were vague, especially with regards to swab tests. Initially, the government said whoever needed to work at the office had to go through a swab test, but in the following announcements they said otherwise, ” the graphic designer said.

Although she is prepared for the WFH order, Julayka still thinks that the government needs to draft the guidelines carefully before announcing them.

“Two days are not enough for companies to prepare whatever is necessary for their employees, ” she said.

Julayka, however, appreciates the WFH arrangement as it means more flexibility for her to do her tasks as a graphic designer, thought she will need to manage her time.

Nurul Ain Fatehah Rosli, 24, said her company was fully prepared for the WFH policy this time around.

“Since this is the second time that the government implemented the WFH order, our company is more prepared.

“The moment the announcement was made, we set up a meeting straight away and determined which team would be in office and at home and divided tasks for the respective teams, ” said the project manager of a media production company.

She however noted that some managers might find it challenging to track their staff’s work performance when they were at home.

“It is a concern for us as we can’t track our staff performance, but I do believe that this is the best option for us to help in order to flatten the curve.

“Plus, we have come out with other ways to measure performance such as online meetings in the morning and follow-ups, ” she said.

A finance executive, who only wished to be known as Lee, said his company took the WFH directive seriously.

“We had to plan the arrangements properly, and it was a bit of a mad scramble having to arrange for the necessary, ” he said.

The 30-year-old echoed others’ views that the arrangements this time were smoother as workers were now more familiar working online and utilising technology when at home.

He, however, said that he had yet to set up a proper work station in his house.

“It is a basic set-up for now. I have a laptop and I make do with what I have, but getting documents signed is a pain and I am thinking of buying a printer if the conditional MCO extends beyond Oct 27, ” he said.

A communication specialist who wants to be known only as Wong, said the WFH transition was rather smooth as her company had already set up a business continuity plan even before MCO in March.

“The plan was to work in two teams on separate levels of our office building.

“This was to mimic the situation of WFH and to test coordination projects should we start WFH, ” said Wong, who works for an audit firm in Selangor.

She also said that the WFH arrangement was initially chaotic and stressful for her but she managed to adapt to it as time went by.

“I think a challenge most people can relate to is finding that balance in WFH as it can feel overwhelming, ” added the 25-year-old.

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