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Thursday, 18/Jun/2020

In most developed countries, common people like us have homes with small families, dogs, tables, computers, Internet connectivity, electricity and the network is good. Working remotely is not starting with COVI-19.


The Kenyan situation is different. Most workers hawk their wares, are cleaners or watchmen, account clerks and farmers. They live in shared places that are sitting places during the day and bedrooms at night. The presumed home with computers and Internet are fantasies beyond their imagination.


Ok. Assume there is a home of sorts. Majority are the young who need supervisory controls. Working at home means fancy dressing; bear parties and other social activities.

In any event, once the work is completed, the temptation to side hustle is very high. So, companies are likely to start paying salaries without realizing any incomes.


The video conferencing service, Zoom has registered 350% increase in subscriber numbers. A lot of people are adapting to technology. The cloud offices! The benefits include no overheads, rent and utilities. However, does this mean the end of the office?


The naysayers aver that offices will soon be empty, rents will plummet, company cultures will fade and face to face workplace will fade into the annuls of history.


Yes. There is a truth in all this. However, it is not fathomable that companies want to burn social capital at the expense of machines, destroy teamwork, destroy innovation and sharing of ideas. The value of companies is going to suffer. Let us agree, you need to see that worker. That worker needs to see you. The human contact cannot be destroyed.