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The Financial Express

Doing office at home, digitally  

Published: March 22, 2020 21:48:48 | Updated: March 24, 2020 21:11:24


Doing office at home, digitally   

As part of a new development in response to the impact of corona virus, a number of large global and private offices in the capital have recently asked its officials to work at home, and send their finished output to their workplaces online. The offices include Unilever Bangladesh, three mobile phone operators and several big companies. A number of others are said to be mulling the step, seen for the first time in Bangladesh. The measure, apparently, is aimed at keeping the offices' employees free of coronavirus and also not disrupting the office functions. A significant aspect that emerges from the latest style of taking recourse to the digital medium in the country is the use of online network fruitfully. If felt necessary, the government offices can also follow in the footsteps of the companies. During contingencies the online medium has already emerged as a practical solution to many countries.

The application of digital technology to office work at a highly critical time evidently proves the country's online adaptability in the future. The present government has repeatedly stressed the benefits it hopes to reap from the digital world. To that end, it continues to broaden the range of the application of digital technologies in myriad sectors. Apart from communication, administrative work, education, trade and commerce to agriculture and entrepreneurship, there are few sectors in the country which do not feel the necessity of online support. Of late, doing obligatory office-work at home in a 'relaxed' atmosphere is becoming a popular practice. Moreover, many private offices assign their employees additional jobs in exchange for remuneration. For online-savvy people, it emerges as a great financial boost.  

In the amazingly progressing digital sector, laptops have emerged as an essential component. For busy professionals always on the move, this portable small device has relieved them of a lot of work-related worries. From aircraft, trains, ships to personal cars, a laptop can be used on any transport and at any place. Thanks to its increasing user-handiness, laptops are fast becoming a trusted companion for many. With so many advantages distinguishing both desktop computers and laptops, they have veritably stood out to become the apt symbols of life in the digital age. That Bangladesh has invested the talent of its computer scientists and online experts, as well as state funds, in the sector is great news. As a middle-income aspirant country, it has made for itself a distinctive place among the non-industrialised nations. This reputation has largely stemmed from the country's all-out embrace of the digital technology. Unlike many least developed countries (LDCs), Bangladesh has kept its focus fixed on freedom from poverty through adopting digital technology.

Being free of the baggage of many socio-cultural and ethnological disharmonies, the country could remain firm in its resolve of economic emancipation. In meeting this generally elusive goal, the state needs radically time-befitting strategies. It is understood that the policymakers have been able to realise the importance of digital progress to the country's all-round uplift. This has added to the national impetus for the beginning of a new era, viz. the digital one. It is, indisputably, commensurate with the country's endeavours aimed at being in the club of the fast developing countries. The country at present is witnessing the many facets of the digital technologies. The vast rural areas are also not excluded. In such an online-friendly atmosphere, doing office work at home using digital devices doesn't seem outlandish at all.

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