Covid-19 has blown the carefully knitted human civilization and gave us a herculean task to reshape the world. All Indians realized the gravity of the situation and were left with no alternative but for prolonged quarantine. Employees are upended by the impact and businesses have a huge responsibility to stand firm until the difficult phase passes.

Companies couldn’t provide the same experience as before to customers as well as employees. Almost all companies had to prepare for remote working and tried to conduct a regular meeting to motivate the employees and keep the business ongoing.

Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani said on Thursday that the work from home (WFH) system, which was implemented by various countries in the wake of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, is here to stay in India. Nilekani said that people do want to come to office, but a clear picture is yet to emerge.

“It is to the credit of the Indian IT industry that they managed to get millions of people work from home in three to four weeks. For example, at Infosys, 2,40,000 employees in 40 countries moved to WFH in three weeks because they had the technology infrastructure to do so,” said Nilekani.

“WFH has a fundamental impact, but we don’t know what steady state we will reach. Obviously we do want to go back to work in offices – the value of meeting people, the serendipity, the ideas and innovation require people to come together. There’s no clear idea but one thought is that it settle at two-thirds in the office on any given day and one-third from home,” he added.

A survey conducted last year by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) and consulting firm Primus Partners revealed that 74% workers are inclined to work from home or want their companies to adopt other policy measures such as flexible working hours and staggered office schedule.

The survey was conducted in eight cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Pune.

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