Companies all over the world have opted to adapt work from home measures to keep businesses as the government strictly enforced guidelines on social distancing. Giant companies such as Amazon and Microsoft have allowed their employees to work remotely until October. Google has extended its work from home policy until the end of the year. Twitter gave most of its employees the option to permanently work remotely. Facebook also followed and said it would open positions for a remote job next year. Many big local companies have also allowed their employees to do the same. Even the national government has been working from home and are using various platforms to conduct press conferences and sessions.
However, not all companies are prepared or cut out for the plan. Several Filipino workers do not have a stable internet connection at home. The Philippines, according to the local Department of Information and Communications Technology, has the slowest internet speed among the original members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. There are also only three fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 people, putting the Philippines at the 110th out of 187 countries in 2016 according to the United Nations Broadband Commission.
The sectors that had benefited from this setup were technology and telecommunications and business process and outsourcing. Workers from these sectors still suffer from connectivity problems. Besides this, workers also battle from reduced productivity, time management problems, and distraction caused by one too many factors. Technical problems will not also be easily resolved quickly as they would in the office. Remote workers also suffer from loneliness and other mental health-related problems. They also become targets of common cybercrimes such as phishing, stealing of personal information, and other scams.
Regardless, it is a known fact that remote working is here to stay. For months workers have weathered the problems and of that, this pandemic has brought us. We were introduced to tools that eased our jobs and communication process. The change also affects those who just graduated and will be graduating. The working environment has drastically changed as the effects of the pandemic. So, they must manage certain expectations and get used to virtual job interviews and working from home.
This pandemic has taught us many things. It taught us to adjust to certain situations and discipline ourselves. It has also taught us that we can do things in more ways than one. Adjusting was hard for all of us at first, especially while we struggle especially in deciding whether to stay in our jobs or prioritize our health safety. This work from home arrangement has allowed us to do both at the same time. It proved how adaptive, resilient, and hard-working Filipino workers are. It also proved that we could do things if we do things together. And just like so, we are thriving to keep the country’s economy alive and provide continued service defying all odds.