Work from Work
@ UN – The Mini Globe
Ever since I joined the UNHQ in Dec 2019, I have wondered
about what makes the place so special and unique. Lately, it has dawned on me
that the UNHQ is the most diverse place in the world and de-facto is the
mini-globe under one roof.
This makes the place extremely rich with experiences and
perspectives. One feels that we are so ‘incomplete’ alone and soon it becomes a
habit to seek different viewpoints before making a decision.
The organization provides a forum at the international level
to discuss myriad of issues of domestic, bilateral, regional and truly
multi-national variety. This unique opportunity to discuss issues prevents
violence and hence I feel that the UN is truly an organization for the
humanity. May it get stronger.
I feel thankful that during this pandemic, our organization
could support its staff in numerous ways like flexible working arrangements which
allowed us to take care of many other pandemic inflicted issues, that one feels
proud to be part of this great and historic organization.
However, I lately feel that we may be slowly losing the fondness
to work from work. While work from home and flexible working does seem to
provide a relaxed opportunity to let us clean up that cupboard in our house we
have been meaning to sort out while still being ‘at work’, work from work may offer
more efficiency in terms of a quick ‘walk – chat-discuss-decide – act- relax’
progression over a ‘schedule a MS Meeting – discuss with camera switched off
and mics muted while checking mails and preparing a meal – decide – postpone
action – back to virtual meeting’ routine.
In my views, hence, we must pray that we get back to the ‘working
from work’ and ‘homing from home’ routine to restore some semblance of