ASIATODAY.ID, JAKARTA – Covid-19 pandemic has urged all governments around the world to promote physical distancing oriented policies in order to minimize the spread of virus between people.
Indonesia as home to 136 million workers is not excluded in the list of affected country, pushed government to introduce work-from-home policy. The policy remains controversial especially because some industries are less digitalized and therefore a big worry comes out from people who question the effect of the policy to job performance.
Donny Susilo, MBA from Donny and Partners Consulting Indonesia and business researcher from Asia University, Taiwan conducted a research to evaluate the effect of work-from-home to job performance among Indonesian workers.
The data collection was obtained from 330 respondents all over Indonesia, resulted in fact that there are positive things that workers feel when they work from home.
“As a matter of fact, it turns out by work-from-home, workers can experience greater enjoyment, job satisfaction and motivation that lead to greater job performance, thus there is no need to be worry,” says Donny, Monday (12/4/2021).
He further explains that the rapidly increasing active internet users in Indonesia contributes much to this success, today more than 190 million people in Indonesia have used internet, the rate is also increasing rapidly because it is the only safe choice for them to do their daily activity during pandemic.
Workers feel more flexibility and autonomy to arrange their own work environment when they work from home, this is the change they can have better work experience that will not be found in conventional office environment.
Respondents also confess that even if sometimes their activity is disturbed by family matter, it is tolerated by their company and they are grateful that they can see and meet their family members more often than usual.
Workers feel more satisfied with work-from-home style because it allows them to save time and transportation cost for doing their work, removing risk of being affected by deathly corona virus and therefore it becomes additional value for them.
Basically, they also feel grateful that they can still secure income for their family while many other workers are not as lucky as they are. Employer loyalty, efficiency, freedom and income become primary factors that increase their work motivation during covid-19 pandemic.
Donny said that his online survey had successfully been conducted with random sampling at confidence level of 95% and margin of error 5%, the total number of female respondent accounts for 59.5%, and male respondent 40.5%. In term of age, there is interesting fact that more than 50% of total respondents are actually young workers.
They are millennial who were born in the era of internet. They should be around 25-40 years old today. He then said that by far, internet speed does not become issue in general, proving that internet infrastructure in Indonesia has today been improving. At the end, industrial digitalization will not be avoidable and it becomes big opportunity to revive Indonesia economic growth post covid-19.
There is a big possibility that work-from-home can be a new working trend after pandemic, but leaving new issue of e-waste if not properly anticipated, e-waste is hard to recycle and therefore the next world challenge is e-recycling, says Donny in his closing statement. (AT Network)