Interviewed a candidate for a role.
While it might be tagged as discriminatory in the western world, nowadays we make sure that the candidates are aware of the distance between their residence and the office, before processing their candidature. This is owing to the fact that, though we primarily are working from home, members with certain responsibilities may have to visit office more often than the others.
She specifically said she was ok with it and also mentioned that she is desperate to get the job (she had lost her job during lockdown) till we called her for a second round. It was then that she realised that she has to travel 5 kms and it was unacceptable to her.
Not a single day goes by when I don’t come across data, opinions and articles on job losses because of the pandemic. Add to that grievances over the schedule of train and other public conveyance services.
I am sure those discussions are all valid in their own contexts.
But, when I talk with my fellow entrepreneurs, the issue of not getting quality skilled resources seems to have escalated manifold post the lockdown periods. It is becoming almost impossible to get resources for businesses which need intellectual capital. Personally, our organisation has multiple recruitment positions open, and yet we are not able to find candidates with the right attitude towards work.
The Work-From-Home model has become the preferred choice. But there are independent sides to it.
Employees are found to rarely put in a full work days’ worth of effort.
The families are found to rarely realise that those who are at home are actually ‘at work’ and cannot get into domestic affairs.
The managers are found to often exploit the model by intruding into personal time and space.
But, since they read that the WFH model is the way forward, the ultimate result is that we are witnessing a high rate of dropouts at work. Dropouts who are adding to the list of skilled but unemployed candidates.
There are a few articles that I come across which point towards this being one of the core reasons why we are witnessing an economic downturn. Not just because of COVID, but because of the negative impact it has had on our sense of professionalism.
Add to that the recent trend of governments giving out dole for vote bank, in the name of social welfare during the pandemic. Even the unskilled are happy with the freebees and are deciding to stay at home.
It is not surprising that most of the outcry about conveyance from the suburbs are only confined within the opposition and office administrative staff.
Had it really been so great an issue, we would have heard a much louder uproar.
Guess it is too much to wish for an analyst who will do a comprehensive study on COVID and the loss in jobs it has created directly, if any at all.