Working from home can be a bitter-sweet experience

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As technology evolves and rental space in cities climb, more companies than ever are opting to let some or all their employees to work from home.
More than 1.7 million Canadians worked from home in 2008 at least once a week. Today it is safe to say that the number of Canadian workers working from home full-time is growing by the day.
Can-India caught up with Rajender Petkar, a senior Technical Architect at a Israeli-based software development telecom company who has been working from home since 2016 and is loving it.
“After working in an office environment since the beginning, working from home took some getting used to. I had to learn some soft skills like holding conference calls, giving lectures and discussing topics on Skype.
Earlier in a boardroom such meetings were easier since I had a white board, but online, the communication had to be different and I have to improvise a lot.
Today I am quite comfortable with many of the online tools but it is a constant learning process. Upto 30 per cent of my day is spent on conference and corporate calls, the rest is devoted to studying for online courses and on projects.
I miss the social aspect of working out of an office and interacting with clients and co-workers face-to-face, but over time, I’ve adjusted and have actually grown to prefer working remotely.
I start my day at 9 am after my wife and son have left for work and school. I find myself more productive as I can concentrate better in the silence of my library den rather than in an office. I also save that one or two hours and day traveling so I have more discretionary time.
I wear comfortable clothes and have my dog next to me for company. Working from home leaves me feeling more relaxed and I guess that may have to do with the fact I don’t commute and get stuck in traffic every day.
To work from home a person needs to have a good work ethic and ensure they meet their deliverables.”

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