Rethinking Work from Home in India

  • By Anindita on 25 Jun 2020
  • Diversity & Inclusion

In the past, WFH was framed primarily as a choice, incentive, or convenience for target groups. Today, under COVID-19 and beyond, WFH is being explored as a more sustainable option.

If designed well, WFH has many benefits, including protecting health, economy, and the environment.  But in designing WFH, ramping up the infrastructure for virtual work like tools for digital collaboration, data security and connectivity are only a part of this design. Influencing the attitude and behavior of people towards WFH plays a much more significant role.

Another area of consideration can be around socialization. People differ in their need for socialization at work. In group-based cultures like India, collaboration, camaraderie, and interpersonal relationships are more valued. Going to the office is not just about getting the job done but also about the meeting, socializing, and networking. During lunchtime, Indians across offices in India and even overseas, look forward to sitting together and sharing a meal. Taking shared coffee breaks, walking around the office building with a colleague post-lunch are moments that people miss during WFH. The need for finding creative solutions for people to socialize while working from home is perhaps universal. 

This blog is an excerpt from the article of the same title (Rethinking work from home in India: A socio-cultural take) dated June 14 2020 published by People Matters

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