Work From Home Culture in Nepal

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“Where there are no managers, the workforce is distracted due to lack of direct supervision” this is what the past experiences had to say about remote working.

Remote work was a rarity in company culture as working from home was available only on special arrangement and cases, mostly health issues. However, Teleconferencing and advanced communication media has provided the medium to make the work possible remotely. In today's internet era, it’s not rare for companies to allow their employees to work from home once or twice a week. Most IT companies have been seen providing Work from Home in Nepal.

In today’s time of pandemic, Work from Home is being implemented as an option to contain and stop the further spread of the virus. Such pandemic is something that is quite frequent in the history from H1N1 swine flu, Ebola, Zika Virus to many more dating as far back as 165 AD with Antoine Plague working. Establishing work from home culture is something that needed a special consideration in today’s era.

Work from Home in Nepal

The rapid advancement in communication technology and internet access has provided ample scope for teleworking and is accepted in many offices, both in and outside of Kathmandu. This type of work may be done on project basis or with weekly or monthly reporting to the office.

One of the leading IT companies of Nepal, LeapFrog is known to provide work from home facility to their staff when required. “Since IT companies focus only on work completed, Leapfrog Technology has been providing work from home. This could be for the employees who may get calls from the clients at night due to time zone difference or for ones who have to attend the clients even during the festivals. We have found that allowing employees to work from home boosts their morale and productivity” said Mr. Kiran Kumar Regmi, Training Manager at Leapfrog Technology Inc.   

Since the work done in IT sector is trackable through various systems like Jira, VersionOne, Trello etc. it’s easier for the managers to create sprint and track progress of the assigned project.  There are systems available in the Nepalese market like RealHRSoft, a complete HR Intelligence Technology which regulates the work of HR and keep track of employers using an advance Task management systems for Tracking employees and the task they perform.

“The option to work from home when needed, or to try a different lifestyle without having to change jobs, is win for everyone.”, said Scott Berkun, former remote team leader at WordPress.

However, many companies suspiciously regard remote working, supposing that remote workers are difficult to supervise and it results in productivity losses.  But, thanks to advancement in technology, you can stay more connected with your remote workers and access the advantages it can have on your current and future success. 

All you need is; properly defined the key performance indicators (KPIs) for both management and employees, carefully craft a remote working policy that reflects the needs and values of their firm and find a right tool to get you started with the process.

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