By Santosh Mahalingam,
Pandemic restrictions changed conventional work culture. Organizations gave in to remote working with no other options in sight. But as they say, necessity is the mother of invention, in this case innovative solutions.
As companies pick up where they left off, people are gradually returning to work with security restrictions and protocols. While some welcome the move, others opt for flexibility to work from anywhere and prefer hybrid work models. Companies around the world are still exploring the benefits of various flexible work models that can meet employee expectations while fulfilling organizational goals and objectives. This is certainly the turning point as we are still at a stage where the threat of the pandemic is still looming, but the potency has largely diminished. Therefore, responsible organizations are expected to remain flexible in how they reshape the future of work.
One of the main conclusions of the pandemic regarding work culture and employee behavior is that people are willing to leave their jobs if they are not given the choice to work according to their preference or if the work-life balance is not favorable. is. This exodus suggests that companies willing to offer remote, hybrid, satellite or other work modules have a competitive advantage in retaining and attracting talent.
Another big question is how to integrate the ‘culture’ of the organization with employees, which becomes a challenge with WFH (working from home).
Hybrid working, satellite offices, co-working models, ‘plug and play’ workplace solutions are here to stay. In India, setting up businesses in Tier 2 & 3 cities, thanks to the expanded workforce, easily generates more business due to the availability of abundant and qualified talent, at a lower cost. Workspace and staffing solutions providers have stepped in to help these companies explore new avenues in cities that have huge potential to become the next specialized business hubs.
Workplace solutions specialists now offer more than just support for commercial spaces, they offer the complete set of tailor-made services for businesses to meet their needs. ‘Built-to-suit’ workplaces are now gaining momentum. Particularly in Tier 2 & 3 cities, functionality takes precedence over form and a key requirement is hiring professionals and training them as the role requires it. Mikro Grafeio offers such on-demand solutions to various companies operating or located in Tier 2 & 3 cities.
As we adapt to these evolving work models, it is important for companies to consider the change in employee preferences, management styles and corporate culture integration to support new work models. Flexibility is important and the future of work will be shaped by hybrid work models, supported by distributed workspaces.
(The author is CEO-Mikro Grafeio. Opinions expressed are personal and do not reflect the official position or policy of FinancialExpress.com.)