The post-Covid-19 culture, while disrupting the entire global economy and businesses, has brought a few significant changes in the work cultures of many organizations. The morning rush hours, timely log-ins, coffee breaks with colleagues, meeting room discussions, and returning after a productive day to a place called home is now a past participle.
The pandemic was one such event that confined every office enthusiast to his/her tiny bedroom office and that team outing that you were so excited about is now just a namesake in your office schedule. Employees are now being sent home, to work. As corporate offices are providing various options to work from different settings, some employees rejoice while some miss the good old office days.
Pre Pandemic Work Culture
Up until the novel coronavirus declared its existence, corporates were ruled by unforgiving and orthodox work settings where an employee almost lived a robotic life. This changed almost overnight since companies were forced to resume day to day activities to keep maintain the corporate status quo.
A lot has changed during the pandemic when employees were made to resume work from home. Companies made sure that everything is made available to them to keep the show running.
But as we move on to the post-pandemic world, corporate offices have dissolved so many of their office spaces and the employees are being asked to work from home on a permanent basis, while others have resorted to hybrid work cultures.
Companies offering permanent work from home
As we settle into the post-pandemic world, companies are willing to adjust and continue working from home as the “new normal”. Some companies have asked their employees to work from home as a permanent solution. Meanwhile, others are yet to figure out and are working on hybrid work settings where employees are allowed to work from home as well as from office premises.
Here’s a list of companies offering various work from home models.
Amazon.Inc has decided to let the employees maintain the status quo of working from home through June 2021.
“We continue to prioritize the health of our employees and follow local government guidance," an Amazon spokeswoman said in an email. “Employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so until June 30, 2021."
Google has announced that its employees will be working remotely until September 2021. CEO Sundar Pichai is said to be working on a hybrid work culture where employees could work from home for three days and from the office for the rest of the week.
Facebook has allowed its employees to work from home till July 2021 due to the outbreak. In addition, it is taking care of office supplies required by the employees by providing them with an additional $1000.
According to internal hybrid workplace guidance, the tech giant is allowing all of its employees to work from home on a permanent basis. The report also states that the employees will be allowed to relocate domestically with approval or even seek to move internationally is remote working is viable for that particular role.
Infosys announced that nearly 66% of their workforce will retain offices and the rest 33% will permanently work from home. In an interview with business today, Infosys HR head Richard Lobo said, “Companies allowed work from home earlier also. But, Covid-19 accelerated the trend.
It also broke several mental barriers that will reduce the work productivity or efficiency of employees. Covid has shown every industry can do it. Fortunately, we are in one of those industries that can support a large amount of population to work from home”.
In the third-quarter report by TCS, Chief Human Resource Officer Milind Lakkad stated that 3.4 % of TCS employees are currently working from home and will continue to do so for the next two months. However, the tech company has no permanent plans of letting its employees work remotely.
Wipro has extended its remote work until April 2021. In an announcement on their official website, it announced that “Keeping the safety and well-being of our employees as our top priority, we have extended Work From Home (WFH) until Apr 4, 2021, wherever feasible.
92% of Wipro employees currently work from home, 3% work from offices (WFO), and 5% work from our global customer locations. All Wipro offices across the globe are equipped with necessary health and safety measures to ensure the continued safety of all employees.”
Myntra has allowed its employees to work remotely until May 2021. "We took a closer look at the Covid situation and how it has evolved over the last few weeks, and decided on extending remote working till May 31,” Myntra CEO Amar Nagaram, stated in an interview with the Economic Times.
Meanwhile, other companies have laid down similar plans for their employees. Ernst & Young is letting its employees work from home till the end of 2021, while other Indian companies like Flipkart, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Power will continue working remotely for another two to three months.
Why are Companies offering permanent work from home options
Ever since the pandemic forced everyone to literally lock themselves up in their homes, corporate employees have seen the silver lining in staying away from offices. No hectic commutes, spending time with friends and families, better productivity are some of the positive changes that employees are seen marveling at.
Employers too are not far from noticing these changes and also seeing the perks attached to them. Saving up on office space, electricity, supplies, and other expenses, employers have found ways to get work done remotely and more so, efficiently.
The Future of Remote work
In a study conducted by Leadership IQ, the State of Working From Home, only 9% of the employees said they wanted to get back to their offices. The rest 91% stated that they would prefer working from home permanently while 39% of them they’d like hybrid work culture.
Working from home is going to be the near future for most employees and none of them seem to bat an eyelid. Companies have now learned that work done remotely is giving them better results and employee retention has gone far from disappointing.
Are employees who work from home more productive?
Yes, Most data shows employees are more productive by remote work.
Why companies should let employees work remotely?
Letting employees work from home, because its boosts their productivity and can can even work for you if they move to a new city.
What are the top remote working tools?
Google drive, Dropbox, zoom and Microsoft teams are the top remote working tools.
Employees are now experiencing the new normal and adding their own terms to it by rerouting back to lost hobbies and passions. Taking care of the elderly and sick at homes, helping spouses share the household chores, and sharing the responsibilities towards kids is now the new normal.
Zoom calls have transformed office meetings with interruptions by pets and babies. People are less anxious and trying to do more in every aspect. The quality of life has surely turned around as work from home is becoming a permanent thing.
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