The COVID-19 pandemic has not spared anyone. But there have been many positive outcomes alongside the battle with coronavirus. It has already pushed millions of companies to work from home. Before the world was hit by the pandemic, office workers who could always be as productive at home as in the office were forced by the top management to be in the office on time and not a minute later mostly due to control and discipline procedures.
Things have changed. Working from home has not become the new normal amid the coronavirus crisis. While remote working has been a recurrent facility for professionals in some areas such as tech, working from home (WFH), before the coronavirus pandemic, was still a novel concept. The notion has been viewed with some disinclination on the side of business owners on account of misplaced fears about productivity.
Has Remote Working Proven Effective?
A decade ago, most of the companies would have baulked the idea of employees regularly working from home. One primary concern most employers had for working remotely was a loss of productivity. How productive and efficient can an employee be when they're not under constant supervision by co-workers and supervisors?
But now that the cultural shift has taken place, the top management had it proven – work from home can be fruitful, and the problem lies not in the "place" of work but the "responsibility" of an employee. Working from home has established that staff can be more productive comparing to office hours where work time is running in spontaneous talks with colleagues or long-hour unnecessary meetings. Time and productivity are two essential possessions that should not be taken for granted. That is, spending time in impractical meetings is a drag on everyone's efficiency.
Work from Home in the UAE
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the UAE had one of the lowest remote work participation rates in the world. Ten per cent of workers in the country reported working from home one to two days per week, compared to a global average of 62 per cent, according to a 2019 survey by International Workplace Group. On March 19, almost all public and private sector employees were told by the government of the UAE they must work from home to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The work from home shift has also given rise to communication tools like Zoom, Skype, BlueJeans etc. for face-to-face meetings. The new norm is working wonders for businesses in the UAE and across the world. Society and work environment has already taken a new shape. Businesses must adjust to the new reality faster. In order to become leaders, one should hold on to the opportunities faster. To do that, attitude and old views must change as well as the leaders are these who lead the upsurge of change and not holding on to the past standards.
How can we help?
Tough times need strict measures; hence, we at Commitbiz have come up with a #STARTFROMHOME initiative to help businesses in the UAE. We have fine-tuned our business setup procedure so that you can register your business from the convenience of your home. Your company can be incorporated in just ten days, and what's more, you can also apply for an offshore bank account from your home.
Utilize these weeks to register your business in the UAE, and once this pandemic is in control, your company will be up and running. Also, don't forget, with the present economic situation, we're giving away special quarantine discounts on our business setup packages.