Surcharge to Hardworkers
Contingency Plan!!! A what? This phrase was not new to me as it was introduced to me during my first semester in BBA. However, in a professional setting, I heard it first time first hand about 100 days back.
It was middle of the second week of March when Covid-19 had had become one real threat around theworld. Moreover, as an employee in a MNC, I could see some +/- hits already in our performance, especially in the revenue part.
A sudden department meeting call at a short notice gathered us all around our manager’s desk. There we had discussions about the ongoing situation threat and decided to take turns in staffing, like 50% this week and the other half the next week. Those not going to office will work from home. This made me excited and worried at the same time. Yet the former emotion was stronger as I like the idea of working at own flexibility.
Later detailed plans rolled out. I could hear similar updates from other departments too. Well, it started and the remaining days of that week I was one of them who went to office daily. The following week, on the first working day was the start date of of official lockdown for one week following multiple extensions which is still running.
Precisely since Friday, 20th March 2020, already 3 and a half month that I have been at home never missing work but workplace. Considering my previous experiences and prevalent work conventions, it was new. Yet I was quick to adapt and on my way to better adapt in the situation.
After this much of build up, let me come to the topic now:
Well, one of the things I loved about WFH is that you don’t have to travel and you can work at your own place. With this in mind, I ended up giving more time for work than I used to in the office. I was more productive than ever before as well. Wih this I had given up more of my personal time, which I could spend with myself and my family, to work levying a form of passion tax on myself.
Around 2 third of the period, I even got to stay with my whole family. It made me happier and I felt better that I was working as well meanwhile. I started working even harder albeit my productivity was not going higher. Thanks to the increased distractions at hometown. Regardless, I could surely tell that I was doing better than normally expected in such times.
Roughly I have worked around 7 working days equivalent of extra work during this phase with my own discretion. And to your surprise I don’t want any compensation for that as I am thankful for all the time I got to be with my loving family.
Now that I travelled back to the city and already served my 2 weeks self isolation phase here, I am pumped up to rejoin the workplace from tomorrow. I am so glad that I’m seeing my kind and supportive colleagues. Thanks to the IMs and social media that lept us connected during this phase.
In a nutshell, although I kept tax in the title, this essay is more about passion for work. If your employer supports your value, eventually it’s your duty to return the favor. And, staying connected with colleagues during hard times form a strong team that will last longer.
Finally, here’s a link to one of the best podcasts I’m regular to. This is amazing and so you are: https://www.ted.com/read/ted-podcasts/worklife