Companies in India continue to define flexible work strategies
Companies in different industries across India are taking different approaches when it comes to workplace arrangements.
Manufacturing firms are fully in favour of a return-to-office move, followed by those in banking, financial services & insurance companies (68%), and retail (57%), according to a study by recruitment firm Randstad India.
Some 53% of IT companies and 45% of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firms are currently adopting a hybrid working arrangement, When it comes to pure work-from-home arrangements, this falls to 18% of IT firms and 24% of BPOs.
Overall, around 46% of all companies want employees to return to the office, 16% continue to offer work-from-home options, while 32% are offering hybrid options.
There are also differences between what organisations and their workers want. Remote working preferences are high among BPO and IT workers, especially female employees. Some 51% said they are open to hybrid working arrangements, 41% stated that they prefer fully remote working arrangements, while 3% said they do not want to work from home.
“Organisations are focusing on offering a flexible workplace culture to employees, not only in terms of hybrid-, remote-working and flexible work hours, but also in terms of enabling career growth through learning opportunities, re-skilling, up-skilling, experimentation with new job roles,” said Viswanath P S, Randstad India MD & CEO.