The next document is about a podcast episode from CBC spark, more specifically it would about how working from home may seem a little different to some people but for others it like working as usual. As we all know in the current situation world wide there has been a direct order to stay home as much as they can, for some countries there is actually a certain kind of punishment because of breaking the rules, because the situation that is happening requires us to stay home to stay safe, even when working from home is not a possibility for everyone.
These seems something a little different from the ones who are talking because they have already talked about working from home but actually never talked about working from home, from home, which is funny thing.
Technology is a very special tool that now gives the opportunity to people to do the kind of thing that they are used to, but from home, even though this is not a solution for everyone, as they say, waiters, cashiers, food delivery people, and many more. This is actually one of the biggest barriers of the current working environment there are some people that can not do home work and that is the most difficult part about this pandemic.
On the first part of the podcast the speaker asks a serie of questions to a woman who is the CEO of a company, a company that actually has been doing remote work (home work) for a long time, the woman says that the main reason why remote work can be really successful is because there is actually no office distractions at all, there is nobody looking at you and what you are doing, and because they only work for 32 hours a week it gives everyone the opportunity to do other kind of things and not get overwhelmed by the job, and the way they communicate between them is trough emails and zoom videocalls, zoom viceocalls are usually when some really important topic must be solved.
Don’t misunderstand me, there are some benefits about working in an office but for that company those benefits does not overshadow the benefits of working remotely, and there is actually ways to make a great work environment, because as we saw in the previous deadline chapters the most important part about working in a team is to be in a loving work environment, that makes the workers feel a little happier, and help them to provide better results.
There is something really interesting about what they say about our private life, because when we are working remotely, we are most likely doing it in our houses, and of course our house is part of our private life, you do not invite everyone to know to you house, just a few of them, but when working remotely and videocalls are usually required managers usually ask the employees to have their cameras on, this because in my experience you can see what other feel through their expressions, it not that you actually want to violate their privacy but because you want to make the environment with the coworkers a enjoyable environment.
Usually remote work can be easy, for those who live alone and have like no distractions at all, but in these times, quarantine is the thing that we all are suppose to be doing, and because you are in your home “safe” you will be doing the kind of things that you would normally do when you are in home, like sing out loud when taking a shower, whistling all over the house, ask for things yelling, watching a movie, playing really loud songs, or even doing nothing, and for those who are supposed to be working and have like childer or people who have nothing to do at the moment results really hard to focus on the things they are doing because getting distracted is actually easier than getting focused when not living alone.
But what is actually happening to those who actually can not work remotely?, are they not working at all, are they doing it but cautioustly?, whan would happened to them if this gets worst?, all these kind of questions is the kind of questions that actually have no right answer, as the podcast says, food delivers still do it, but restaurants are all empty, the packages that their deliver they usually deliver them without having contact with the customer and washing and disinfecting everything.
The last part of the podcast is about what it takes to work efficiently from home, and the main thing that actually get the full potential of remote work is to being able to work in a work enviroment, if you are alone, no distractions and things that would get you focused then you are ready to work from home, but like most of the people out there our houses are places to get comfy, to do whatever we want and do the noise that we want, there is a lot of distraction generators that makes us not to get focused on these kind of things, working from home is a possibility that not everyone can do, and if you can do it there is a high chance that actually the environment you work in is not the one expected, so working from home becomes really hard for a lot of people, not only cashiers and food delivery, for the mayority of the people working remotely is not an option because there is nothing they can do.
Now talking from what I see
First of all what you need to know is that actually I am from Mexico, which means that the panorama that I see is totally different from other countries, here in Mexico only 35% of the companies offers the opportunity to work remotely, what happens to the other 65% of the companies that are not optimal to do home office?, what about the people that actually does not work for any company but they need to go out to work? In Mexico is a reality that not everyone can do home office, there are a lot of people who actually need to go outside to gain money, and if there is not all, most of the people in Mexico gain what they need, by this what I am trying to say is that there is a lot of Mexican people that their salary is only enough to pay the basic needs, what would happen to these kind of people, the ones that are living at the day?, quarantine is a great solution, but is not the solution for all.
The consequences that this coronavirus will bring to Mexico are something that the country have never seen before, because no grocery stores, no restaurants, no selling departments, no malls, no touristic places to visit, no tianguis, can someone imagine what would happen to a Mexico that would not be able to gain any money during the quarantine, if there is something that defines a Mexican is that a Mexican would do everything that he can to bring a bread to the table, but imagine, if no work can be done while quarantine how would a Mexican bring bread to his home?, by the only thing that can be done without working, delinquency, the rate of delinquency in Mexico would grow drastically, because people would not be able to gain any money, we do not know how much time would this coronavirus quarantine willlast, the only thing that we know is that Mexico is not prepared for the upcoming things, Mexico is going to face something that has never faced before, that is going to affect the economy in ways that we actually did not know that could be affected, things are getting rough for Mexico and will get worst, sacrifices will need to be done, a lot of people would quit school, a lot of people would get fired, and a lot of people will suffer, Mexico is not prepared and by how the information is communicated I do not feel prepared.
I am a student currently doing nothing studying and working on a project for Cisco, we have been moved to take classes via Zoom, and it is of course kinda different from having face to face experience, it is true that is actually harder to get focused on the things we are doing, bad internet conection is a constant problem, it is hard to get accustomed to the new experience of studying from home, and apparently teachers think that we have nothing to do in our houses that gives larges amounts of homework to do, is something that we did not asked for it but is the only solution available by the time, I really think that the amount of money that we need to pay get reduced, because we are not having all the experience the university offers, which for me it is like to pay for a service that it is not been granted to you at the moment, one time a teacher told me that we actually payed for the school bus even if we do not use it, a bus that at the moment is not being used by any mean, then why should we pay the same amount of money for only online classes?, something that I do not understand at the time, having classes from home is something cool do not misunderstand me, but this is not the way that things need to be ruled, my thoughts on this.
Yeah working from home seems a great alternative, for the ones who can do it, for me and my family working from home is not an option, even today 29/03/2020 we needed to go outside to work, because if we do no get out we do not make any money, if this quarantine lasts for two months or more imagine how would be for those who are actually in a worst position than ours, people are getting sick, people are dying and here in Mexico we do not have enough resources to have them all under care, whatever comes to Mexico I really hope that we are strong enough to get through it, we got rid of Spain, we got rid of USA, we can get rid of coronavirus things, as my last words, please stay safe, if you need to go outside because you have no other alternative then do it, but take care of yourself, take the precautions to avoid getting infected, and to the best you can with your money, buy only what is needed and use the last drop of water, things are getting hard but we are harder than that.