WORK FROM HOME : A FURORE AND ONE OF THE WAY TO REDUCE TRAFFIC JAM

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The traffic congestion in the Klang Valley is atypical presently. Various individuals had come up with many opinions such as abolishing the ten-year-old car, which had created disapproval for some, increasing road users who need to be present in the office, road construction, bottleneck situation in some highways and proliferate numbers of car users and substantially more. The abnormal traffic jam led to another group wanting to have the Work From Home (WFH) back. The WFH proliferated during the multiple Movement Control Order era. Because of the heavy traffic congestion, some road users want the WFH back to avoid the massive traffic congestion that seems omnipresent in every corner of Klang Valley, whether during peak or non-peak hours.

Elon Musk, the wealthiest man in the world, had warned every Tesla employer to be back in the office or be terminated. Unlike Elon Musk, some employers prefer to have the WFH back. Generation X, millennials, and generation Alpha had been avid supporters of the WFH, while the generation of baby bloomers disapproved of it. Coming to our country, some road users prefer the WFH for some convincing reason.

The WFH will cut off their time for travel as they are working in the comfort of their home. With WFH, they don’t need to worry about being stuck in a traffic jam for long hours before reaching and leaving the office. For instance, if a person working in the Cyberjaya and is staying in Selayang Baru or Gombak and their working time starts at 9.00 am, he needs to wake up early at 700am and drove all the way to Cyberjaya while crawling together with the traffic congestion with at his peak on the early hours. Once his work had been completed at 600pm, he again drove and crawled with the traffic congestion and may reach home at around 800pm. In total, he will spend 8 hours plus 4 hours crawling in traffic congestion and nearly 60 hours per week working and crawling in traffic congestion.

Let be honest, most of the team will be stressed by the time they have reached the office and when they have reached home with their work and crawling in the traffic jam. By WFH, they will not need to worry about these and work in their home’s comfort. Again, with the advancement of video call technology like Whatsapp, Zoom, Skype, Messenger, and a lot more, it will not be a hassle for them to communicate with their co-workers. Instantaneously, this will also reduce the traffic congestion and sometimes reduce the cost of electricity and office rent for the employee. They are an aphorism, “it is not where you work, it’s how you work,” which can be justified for those who are WFH.

Many individuals supported the WFH simultaneously; they are also some who show their discontent with these millenium styles of working. They are people like Elon Musk who disapprove of working from home, including people from the Baby Boomer generation and employees. They can be said to have some generational disagreement as these people want the employee to be in the office and have the traditional face-to-face meeting with them instead of using the remote working technologies.

The WFH has its demerits, too, as not all employer job scopes warrant them to be that way. Some employers like the maintenance, call center employers, drivers, medical frontliners, and a lot more have a job scope that is mandatory for them to be in the office. This can create jealousy and envy for co-workers who are entitled to WFH. However, the WFH does one thing; it can reduce the traffic congestion; most traffic congestion happens because the employee wants the workers to be in the office.

The WFH can be used to reduce the severe traffic congestion in Klang Valley; however, they are some disapproval and some discontent that can occur from the individual who honors the traditional face-to-face conversation with workers. It can also create some jealousy and ruin the working relationship between the co-workers who are not entitled to WFH. They are some merits and demerits of the WFH. The best solution to reduce traffic congestion and maintain the working relationship is using the hybrid working style.

For specific days, the employers need to be in the office, and for some days, they can have a WFH. This method will ensure the best of both worlds co-exists and, at some time, reduce the traffic congestion that will derail the emotion and increase the negative stress level for the car lovers. Nevertheless, the WFH also started another scenario with the current trending working hours in countries like Sweden, Japan, and the United Kingdom, which is the four days working with three days off.

The generation gap and thinking had changed drastically with the WFH and the four days working with the three days off. Some suggestions have proved that both methods increase employee morale simultaneously with their productivity on the job. In contemporary areas, some job seeker does not want a job that does not provide the WFH or is willing to resign from a position that does not offer the WFH. Job seekers and employers had many choices compared to their past generation.

Some individuals prefer to be e-hailing drivers, Lala Move drivers, Grab Food drivers, and more, as these jobs provide them the flexibility that does not exist in traditional office work. With more of the current generation preferring to have the flexibility of WFH, it will be a matter of time before the remote work technologies will be mandatory for everyone in the workplace, and some employees have also been forced to include the WFH as a job specification to attract the potential employer to work for them. It is not hyperbole to say that the positive thing that comes from the MCO is the WFH and the proliferation of avid supporters.  

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