Work from home safely #AAH

Work from home safely, says Akancha Srivastava- Founder of ‘Akancha Against Harassment’


Last few months have been tough on most professionals as we are in lockdown that prohibits us from stepping out. Our homes have turned into offices, playgrounds for children, video conferencing rooms, workshop areas & more!


Role of video tools in this time is incredibly important. But, that also brings up the question of safety of employees, policies & guidelines. So, here is a short video on how to work from home safely.


Akancha Srivastava first addresses the long working hours everyone is facing. We were suddenly thrown into this work from home situation and we weren’t fully prepared. With no clear guideline for work hours now, people are working more than ever, late into nights, through lunch hours, first thing in the morning.


When we are in the office, during meetings, lunch or commute time, we were not answering calls, cooking & emailing simultaneously. Currently, everyone is doing everything, all the time! This is not a good work life balance scenario. Nor does it bring out the best productivity. An overworked person can’t be most efficient.


Several complaints also say that video calls are being made to team members at odd hours including late at night. Unscheduled calls are not always convenient. This brings out the concern for working safely from home. Organizations have to define guidelines for video calls. When we worked from office spaces, enough work happened over emails which did not need video calls at the drop of a hat.


पिछले ३ महीने से हम सब घर से काम कर रहे है। इस दौरान बहुत सी ऐसी चीज़ें हैं जिनकी वजह से प्रोफेशनल्स को काफी परेशानी भी हो रही है।

इनमे से सबसे बड़ी दुविधा यह है की काम शुरू और ख़त्म करने का कोई समय नहीं रह गया है। सुबह उठने के साथ ही कॉल्स,इमेल्स,वीडियो कॉल्स का सिलसिला शुरू हो जाता है और सोने तक ख़त्म नहीं होता !

किसी भी वक़्त चाहे फिर वो देर रात ही क्यों न हो, बिना मतलब के भी वीडियो कॉल्स किये जा रहे हैं, अगर बच्चे दिख गए वीडियो पे तो उसपे भी ताने कसे जाते हैं की घर संभाल लो या काम ! यह गलत है, इस से मानसिक तनाव बढ़ता है और यह harassment at वर्क की श्रेणी में आता है


Work safely from home by understanding the security steps of online tools as well. While using tools like skype, zoom, hangout, meetings- know how to set up security protocols. It is the responsibility of the organization to hand hold employees through this process.


Last but not the least, women are facing harassment at work place even in current scenario. Subtle & oppressive ways are being used to manipulate them mentally, emotionally. Seniors are not dressed appropriately in the video calls, calling late at night, stalking them on social media, passing personal remarks, running them down for their house hold responsibility or even how their home set up looks! This is clear sexual harassment & needs to be reported.


Let’s create a safe environment, free of harassment for all.



Watch this quick video & write to us for any further information.



Stay Aware, Stay Safe.




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