Working from home challenging but fulfilling

27 Mar 2020 / 11:11 H.

PETALING JAYA: In just over a week, the lifestyle of millions of Malaysians has changed dramatically.

The movement control order (MCO), put in place to stem the spread of the Covid-19 virus, has forced people to spend more time at home. For some, the home is already doubling as an office.

This has also brought families closer together, and parents are spending more time with their children.

On the other hand, there are challenges too.

For instance, content partnership head Lilian Boo finds it tough.Not only does she have to fulfil her boss’ expectations, but she also has to play her role as a mother, wife and teacher to her children simultaneously.

“This is the first time I’m working from home, and I find that I’m busier than usual,” she told theSun yesterday. On the plus side, there is closer interaction within the family.

“For instance, I caught my children lying on top of the car roof watching the stars last night. We rarely get to share special moments like this,” she said.

Evenings are now spent exercising while watching YouTube and during weekends, she plays cards with the children.

For Logachandaran Loganathan, head of corporate events at an oil company, spending more time with his wife and three children makes up for all the troubles of having to work from home.

“Not being able to conduct face-to-face meetings with colleagues is difficult. We also have to postpone events that have already been planned earlier,” he said.

He tries to get as much work done as possible by holding conference calls with his colleagues. “I have a few of such ‘virtual meetings’ each day,” he said.

To get some quiet time to help him concentrate on his work, Logachandaran has converted one of the rooms in his house into an office.

Being forced to stay home all day now means that he also has the chance to spend more time with his wife and children.

“Otherwise, I only have time for the children when I drive them to school at 7am, and on days when they have tuition classes, I pick them up at 9pm. Otherwise I’m at work,” he said.

The children are kept occupied with their schoolwork. Their tuition teacher has been giving them quizzes and sending videos on their lessons through WhatsApp.

But outdoor activities are limited. His youngest son, 12 -year-old Shakthivwel, loves football but this is no longer possible.

But Logachandaran has cleared out the porch so that his son has some space to continue practising.

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