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The article is submitted by Khurram Zia Khan

The last 20 months have turned our lives upside down. The global pandemic has impacted 249,552,738 people and is responsible for 5,048,897 deaths globally. This pandemic fortunately or unfortunately changed the way we think, behave, study, work and perform other chores. ‘Work from Home’ which was once a rarity and considered a luxury become the new normal.

The invention of Covid-19 vaccine played a vital role in controlling the impact of Coronavirus and slowly but surely life is limping back to normalcy or we can say that we are now gearing up to embrace the old normal once again although interestingly the acceptance of old normal that is going to a dedicated workplace to discharge your responsibilities is facing resistance from many quarters.

Large organizations globally are evaluating the pros and cons of going back to have a compulsory physical presence of their employees or allowing them to work virtually. Interestingly several global researches are showing that productivity of workers increased while working remotely from their home. As the discussion about working remotely or working physically is going on globally, organizations in Pakistan are quickly shifting back to the old routine.

As a nation, our dynamics, thought processes, and work-related preferences are different. Although we are more comfortable working physically, it will not be easy for many workers to smoothly adapt to the old working style as employees have become used to flexible working hours.

As many organizations are making strategies about dealing with the situation, one organization Jaffer Business Systems (JBS) is leading the way through its innovative solution to make the workers delighted because happy workers are more productive. A Pre-Covid era study by Oxford University finds that happy workers are 13% more productive. This study further emphasizes that happy workers do not work more hours than their discontented colleagues – they are simply more productive within their time at work.

JBS friendly work culture allows juniors to express themselves. The flexible work hours being practiced at the organization made the employees more responsible. Employees are allowed to learn by making mistakes and the organization contributes to the growth of its people. To give ownership to their employees, the company will also allow its people to work on their own ideas.

The leading from the front attitude of JBS not only helps JBS in becoming the employer of choice for new people aspiring to join the workforce but will also set a unique precedent which, if followed, by other organizations will have a huge positive impact on the country’s work force.

With hot desks, meeting corners, focus zones, ideation room, social sphere, and innovative walls, the new office offers employees a flexible workspace that enables them to exchange ideas more openly and be more productive in a healthy working environment.

Our modern workspace balances the need for comfort and functionality, whilst fostering collaboration and productivity for our employees. There are multiple touchdown spots, meeting corners, and more relaxed working zones where employees can take a break from their computer screens, hold informal meetings, practice mindfulness, unwind over a game of chess to get a refreshed perspective on the day.

A good working environment plays a huge part in the health, happiness and wellbeing of the workforce, and JBS took this idea and incorporated it into their culture.