Work from home pattern is firming its base both in private and public sectors of Indian workforce
Work from home culture in India has started firming its feet amid the lockdown caused by COVID-19 outbreak. Both private and public offices have to start to follow this pattern to get their works continued smoothly in lockdown. If it is implemented effectively for a long duration or forever, it will bring various benefits in the work culture.
Jalis Akhtar Nasiri
A huge number of IT professionals and BPO workforce across the country have already adopted this pattern of work. The size of this workforce is an estimated two-thirds of the 4.3 million IT and BPO workers. The ‘work from home’ model has helped services keep going all through the lockdown.
In view of the prevailing situation of COVID 19, Government of India has also going to follow work from home pattern. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) under the Ministry of Personnel has circulated a draft proposing work from home for all central government employees. The government directive is for at least 15 days in a year for now.
A lot of employees working in private companies have started dedicating a considerable number of hours to their work performed remotely. Government employees are also doing the same. They will probably come to the usual practice of working once lockdown is lifted. However, experts say some companies are likely to go for WFH permanently. The government departments will also have to find any such way or at least increase the number of days for WFH. Though, it will be a tough job for Indian babus to keep an eye on their employees for their common habit of performing minimum work.
DoPT has floated the document for consultation, and suggestions have been sought from the Ministries and Departments. The department has noted that the central government employees may have to work with staggered attendance and variable working hours along with Work From Home (WFH) mode.
In the draft document, the DoPT says, the government may provide WFH option to the eligible officers and staff for 15 days in a year as a matter of policy to all its 48.34 lakh central government employees. However, this low number of days may not change employees’ old behaviour. Merely 15 days a year does not seem to make any big difference in work culture and work habit.
The draft outlines, ”Many of the Ministries and Departments under Government of India have successfully managed and rendered exemplary results in combat against the ongoing pandemic outbreak during the lockdown period by leveraging e-office and video conferencing facilities of National Informatics Centre (NIC). This was the first-of-its-kind experience in the Government of India.”
Work from home culture shall also inspire more women to get into the job market. As travelling has always been a big issue for women in India particularly in odd hours. This mode of work will definitely encourage more women to join the workforce.
About 25% of the workforce in the United States works from home. India will definitely follow the suit with the passage of time in view of it being hassle-free. This will benefit the women with child in particular
Other big reason India should seriously consider ‘work from home’ as an alternative work model because it involves cost-effectiveness. If implemented properly, it will be cost-saving for convenience and work will become more productive. Moreover, road traffic will also be easied with remotely performed work culture apart from the reduction of the pollution level caused by raod traffics.