COVER STORY: WORKING FROM HOME: Ar Abhigyan Neogi,Founder, Chromed Design Studio, Delhi

The viral outbreak of COVID-19 has brought the world to a standstill. In these trying times we understand the severity of the situation and urge everyone to take the necessary precautions. We at Chromed Design Studio have implemented work from home way before it was made mandatory and compulsory. A few days of being careful will help us beat this.

We’re spending this time to do research and future proof our projects by focusing on the minute details. This isolation time can be utilised for a more healthy and productive research based work. Tough people last, tough times don’t. 

Challenges 

Architecture is practiced on the ground so while building and working on a site you are physically present there and witness everything. Architects need to interact and meet to discuss a lot of things in person which is the core challenge posed by work from home. Technically if the approach is individualistic then it might be a viable option but in case of collaborations for larger projects then WFH is not suitable. Having said that it is in the best interest of everyone to stay indoors and practice self isolation for the greater good. In times like these, it is important to keep abreast with the latest developments from reputable sources.

However, incessant monitoring of news and social media will not only hinder your workflow but needlessly increase anxiety. During your working hours, my advice is to avoid them entirely so that you can focus on work.

Discipline is important when working from home. While it is vital to maintain productivity levels during core work hours, it is equally important to detach from work when needed.

Your success mantra 

In the time of adversities it is imperative that we don’t lose focus and spend as much time as possible on research and preparing for the future rather than thinking about today. We can utilise this time for our benefit and make the most out of it. This is the perfect opportunity to take control over your routine and integrate new software into your arsenal. Architects and designers can work on improving their drawing skills. In addition to that stay as informed as you can and be proactive.

Be flexible, communicate often, and listen to your team members. There are so many myths about COVID-19, but it is the job of a leader to plan for a range of scenarios and make sure all preparations have been made, and lead with a spirit of optimism.

Take this as an opportunity for the world to heal itself & come together as one single human race. Let’s awaken to a new beginning that resonates nothing but peace, love and compassion for each other.

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