The pressure to stand up and be counted while working remotely is affecting productivity and employee well-being.
As per the new rule, the government will allow the WFH option to be extended to 50% of the staff, including contractual workers, and for a maximum period of one year.
Keeping in view the demand from the industry, the notification by the ministry was issued to make a provision for a countrywide uniform WFH policy across all Special Economic Zones
Employees of IT/ITeS SEZ units; employees, who are temporarily incapacitated; employees, who are travelling and who are working offsite, are included.
Bengaluru has led the way in absorption of offices and even completion of new office spaces, despite work from home arrangements due to the pandemic, followed by Hyderabad.
As communities rush to attain normalcy in the post-pandemic phase, the WFH debate has heated up once again.
The employees haven’t even seen their managers.
Organisations pushing employees to return to offices stands in conflict with Gen Z who have found comfort in remote working
Chinese authorities have stuck to their zero-Covid policy of lockdowns and mass testing, entire neighbourhoods in the capital are sealed over a handful of infections.
Another thing that is okay while working from home but isn’t okay at your workplace is lying down right beside your plate after your lunch. This can land you in a lot of trouble at the workplace.
The government has decided to allow seven-day work from home instead of seven-day special casual leave for Covid positive employees.
IT firms discovered that while the work from home option was given to staff during Covid waves, many employees started working for other firms too
Even now, some of the major IT companies are planning to follow a hybrid model (work from home for a few days and then from office for a few days).
This is despite respondents in India reporting some of the highest levels of engagement (85%) and wellbeing (89%) at work globally.
Vehicles from Maharashtra, Karnataka are being hired by Ola & Uber, flaying rules, complain Telangana cabbies.
Even as various companies have started calling people to work from office, a change that started with Covid-19 might continue to stay beyond the pandemic.
However, most IT companies, which have been encouraging the WFH mode, are likely to opt for the hybrid mode (combining work from office and WFH).
An officer of the Disaster Management Department said the new order revoking the work-from-home arrangement was issued to bring clarity to both employers and employees.
As the Covid third wave is ebbing, companies that had allowed employees to work from home have been asking them to report back to office.
He also urged all schools and educational institutions to discourage online education, going forward.