Lubna Aftab

Globalization has rotated towards de-globalization and localization since the outbreak of coronavirus in December 2019 in China and then rest of the world.

This all just because it spread like a fire in bushes to the other countries creating mass human destruction and economic recession resulting in drop in travelling, jobs in other countries and deporting the nationals to their respective countries. Pakistan after braving the massive earthquake in 2008, intense flood in 2010, followed by the 2020 COVID-19 eruption is still standing on the natural roller coaster of the coronavirus different phases.

In order to tackle the recent pandemic, global villages face a change of office work to home work. Thus, life becomes easy, as sitting on the relaxing chair within the comfort zone at home and managing office activity on screen electronically using laptop, smartphone and internet. Yet, everything is not cheerful about work from home. Everyone including kids, elders and olders are in problem.

With economic recession and instability, more than four out of five people (81 percent) in the global workforce of 3.3 billion are currently affected by full or partial workplace closures. Some work from home trying to convert everything online for earning, but still struggling. Others, who are earning good out of online tasks, spend much of income on internet packages, electricity bills for usage of work electronics, extra tax for coronavirus funds, percentage of cutting from salary, buying costly groceries for daily food consumption and paying kids school fees for online classes. Hence, poverty ratio has increaed by 2.3%, according to world bank statistics.

Work from home has also reduced the daily-wade and contract-based job opportunities including low socio-economic labor work, manpower verification and supporting staff. A single person having knowledge of new technology performs multiple tasks at one time instead of paying several people for a single task. Therefore, the employment ratio has decreased, making 40 to 50 million people unemployed.

Besides this, the majority performing online tasks face health and psychological issues after constant exposure to communication devices. These include the weakness of eyesight, headache, stress, laziness and feelings of dissatisfaction. Similarly, obesity replaces fitness by constantly taking food without burning the calories in performing any physical task, which increases weight and deposit on the body organs and germinates other health problems. Moreover, using the single screen whole day and night leads to mental stress, unhappiness, frustration and aggressive behavior. So, the sweet home is changed into the battlefield. The attitude of being social has been changed to loneliness which results in bitterness towards society.

Working females at home are over-burdened with responsibilities of managing and cleaning house, preparing food, educating and discipling children, and performing office work at the same time from the same place which leads to a stressful environment and trouble for the whole family. For this reason, the work efficiency and meeting deadlines at home is decreasing as compared to office.

In short, everything has positive and negative impacts, but a negative approach can be minimised if work is carried out in collaboration both at home and in offices to facilitate each other as much as possible. If someone has pain in his hand, we do not remove it, rather we help it with other supporting hand to bring it back to working shape. Similarly, the work from home is the need of time and we have to perform it by balancing our responsibility and healthy mental and physical state.