A better way of working
It’s not just corporations that will benefit from new ways of working. Employees will save time and money spent on commuting and enjoy a better work-life balance.
For employers, there’s another benefit too. Their recruitment is no longer constrained by geography. “Perhaps the central advantage of remote teams is the flexibility to tap the best talent regardless of location,” said Alex Lazarow, a venture capitalist with the San Francisco-based Cathay Innovation.
“Some regions have particular centers of excellence. Building in such a distributed manner allows organisations to leverage these best-in-class ecosystems.”
In addition, some companies believe that remote working leads to an increase in productivity. Tata Consultancy Service (TCS), which has announced that location-independent working will become the norm for its employees post COVID-19, says it experienced an upswing in productivity after enabling remote working for its 500,000 employees.
Using its Secured Borderless WorkSpace™ (SBWS™) infrastructure, TCS is implementing its 25:25 vision for a remotely based workforce that is free to collaborate digitally and innovate without the constraints of a physical office.
The 25:25 concept means that by 2025 only a quarter of the TCS workforce will be in an office at any given time, and each employee will spend no more than 25% of their time in an office throughout the year.
TCS’ Chief Operating Officer, N Ganapathy Subramaniam, said remote working has worked well for customers as well as employees, and all service levels have been met. “We observe better throughput and productivity,” he explained, in a recent television interview.
TCS moved staff to working from home after consulting more than 1,000 clients about its plans and security arrangements. “Once we explained the Secured Borderless WorkSpace options to our clients, the approvals came and we quickly enabled remote working,” Subramaniam said.