After Covid, there will be home, office and a “third place” to work: Tata’s Chandrasekaran
Bangalore: The pandemic has changed the nature of work, accelerating the adoption of digital technologies by at least a decade and ushering in a hybrid model where work extends beyond offices and engages more women, Tata President said Sons Pvt, Natarajan Chandrasekaran.
While the office remains a critical hub and staff will gradually return, the world will not return to its pre-Covid standard, Chandrasekaran, head of India’s largest private sector employer, said at the Qatar Economic Forum on Tuesday. . The Indian executive, joined by other employers such as Iwg Plc CEO Mark Dixon, said workplaces would benefit from more staff flexibility thanks to technology.
When the pandemic hit India in early 2020, the 150-year-old conglomerate of steel and airlines rushed to adjust to the lockdown restrictions. At Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. – his largest company in terms of number of employees and profitability – nearly half a million workers started working from home within weeks, continuing to provide software projects and support to banks, retailers and companies Wall Street aerials.
Tata Consultancy said early on that it expects only a quarter of its workforce to be in the office on any given day by 2025. Yet many of its employees have requested a return to the office. Companies will need to adopt a model somewhere in between, Chandrasekaran said in a session on the future of work.
âIf the hybrid model is to work, let’s not think of it just as an office and a home,â he said. âThere is going to be a concept of third place. I call it a “third place”, you might want to call it a satellite office. “
In the case of India, it could also see an improvement in diversity in the workplace, another positive outcome of a hybrid model, Chandrasekaran said.
“Only 23% of women who could potentially work are in the labor market due to issues like commuting, lack of social infrastructure like childcare,” he said. “We must not miss this opportunity, it is not only good for GDP and growth, but it is also the right thing to do.” –Bloomberg
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