Does Work From Home Benefitted Women in the IT Sector?

Work from home is a necessity after the Covid-19 pandemic. Following initial lockdown days, many corporate sectors have opened their offices and have resumed work in a fully offline mode or a hybrid mode. However, the majority of the IT sector is still working from home and will continue to do so for some more time. As most of the work is online in the IT industry, productivity has not gone down, and work-life balance seem to have increased following the work from home policy. This is one of the reason the IT sector is not willing to fully open even post-pandemic.

Study gives mixed results when it comes to whether work from home has benefitted women. A study by the New York Post found that men are finding work from home easier compared to women. This can be said mostly for women having school children or kids. While men can work freely at their own desk or corner, women have to manage all the household tasks plus all office work. With their kids and family members around, women are also finding it stressful to maintain a work-life balance. Read more about this study here.

Another study suggests that women leaving IT companies has declined to half of that before the pandemic. Many women leave their jobs after they become mothers, and IT companies are no exception. However, since work from home started, remote working and flexible working hours gives women more time to spend at home, they can look after their children, take care of the household, and at the same time give some of their time towards work. It has also been found that more women are returning to work as their children grow older. IT companies have thus been hiring more experienced women than ever before. Women employees now constitute 36% in Wipro, a number which has doubled in the last 18 months. Moreover, the company has offered flexible working options, which give employees control over how they plan their day, which has also helped. An internal survey by the company revealed that this has helped 77% of women employees.

Another study suggests that WFH is the reason why women are looking for jobs that offer work from home, flexible working conditions, and better worm-like balance. The option to work from home could be the most effective way to attract and retain female employees, especially when IT sectors are amid a war for talent. In the survey, about 25% of the men cited the WFH option as influencing their decision to move jobs, while for women, this was 63%. WFH, or even hybrid model of work is giving enough IT opportunities to grab as most companies are hiring a record number of employees. Work sector in India has been a men dominated one. But with emerging new working conditions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, gender diversity may increase in almost every field in major IT industries and beyond. This International Women’s Day, let’s hope that Indian women can represent half of India’s workforce in the coming years.

Written by – Himadri Paul

TCS 25/25 Model

Come 2025, only 25% of TCS employees will work from the office, giving only their 25% time for work. This is the latest announcement regarding working conditions that TCS made. Currently, more than 95% of employees in TCS are working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The transition to the 25/25 model will take some time, before which most or all of the employees will be called back to the office for a short duration.

TCS termed this working model as the new ‘Future Of Work’ and has said that the hybrid models of work are here to stay, where both physical office and remote working will play an integral part. The transition will take around two years from now and will be done in a phased and flexible manner. TCS is looking forward to giving priority to employee satisfaction, which has been seen worldwide to increase productivity and accommodate a higher number of employees than their offices can sustain.

Now, what exactly is the new 25/25 policy? Firstly, TCS has made it clear that employees need not spend more than 25% of their entire day in offices. That is, working 6 hours a day at the office will be enough for an employee henceforth. Also, only 25% of the employees will work from the office simultaneously, while 75% will work remotely. This may hint towards hybrid models of working, but it may also be periodical WFO and WFH. However, TCS hasn’t announced any further details apart from these two details.

Covid-19 pandemic has made us believe work-life balance is an essential factor in our life. India, which is one of the most hard-working nations in the world, has reached its peak capacity of workload. In order to hold back employees, IT companies have started to look for alternatives to make employees work harder. Like in most other places, TCS is taking the first stride towards futuristic work, while other big and small IT companies are looking to follow.

Written by – Himadri Paul

Study from Home vs Work from Home

Study from home and work from home have become a new normal in Covid-19 pandemic. There are mixed reviews on both of them, with some pressing on the opening of educational institutions and offices, while others prefer the continuation of the new normal even after the pandemic. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of these two new normal lives.

Study from home is an unavoidable situation in Covid-19 times when all the educational institutions are closed following Government rules. Most students fail to follow up on what is taught in schools. They have to rely on private tuitions and Google or Youtube to learn the concepts well. Assignments and homework have increased drastically which have started interfering with the time a student used previously for revision or making notes. Many students have also become slow at writing, which will greatly impact their performance in exams in offline mode. Online exams are not the best way to test a student’s knowledge or development unless it is a competitive exam.

One major advantage of studying from home is that the journey time to school or college is now saved. Also, studying for competitive exams is best done from home so that we can focus more on academics or work. There is a third advantage for the teachers that now there is less interference by talkative students.

Work from home is an optional situation that is given to most employees who work on computers in digital platforms. The hospital sector is the most required sector at this time, hence it is operated fully as work from the office. Other offline service sectors like hotels, retail, transportation also have no choice but work from the office or centre. However, employees have been allowed far greater flexibility in schedule due to lack of transportation, leading to employee satisfaction.

India’s largest industry, the IT industry, operates almost entirely in online platforms and requires little presence in offline mode. Hence, almost all IT employees worked from home in the pandemic situation. IT requires skill development with growing skills in the Indian digital market. Hence, the time of journey to the office can be utilized better by working from home. The business team, sponsor or sales team, and management team can also operate from home in most sectors. Audit works, on-site monitoring works, and also works involving a lot of printing, photocopy, or scan have employees following a mixed or hybrid pattern of work.

The current scenario is fruitful for most businesses and many companies are looking forward to applying such a pattern even after the pandemic. Save on electricity bills, resources, journey hours, accommodation costs, and also involving more employees at work are the most common pros for work from home. Lack of interaction between team members and leads, lack of gossip after work, and lack of participation in activities outside of the offices are some cons of working from home. A hybrid model can do away with the cons, and include most of the pros except accommodation costs for people living far away from offices.

Written by – Sushmitra Dahal

Is Freelance Industry that easy as shown?

If you want to make a mark in life, it is obvious that you will have to face hurdles and obstacles. Nothing great in this world can be without sacrifice. You have to sacrifice your leisure time for learning something new. You have to reduce spending time playing games to focus on your studies. Similarly, when it comes to your work life, you need to balance it with your personal life. The post-Covid period has witnessed a huge rise in entrepreneurship and the freelance industry. People became more aware than before, realizing the importance of e themselves and being independent. The freelance industry especially has seen a bigger boom as youngsters stepped into the industry to ace it with their skills.

Freelance means working for yourself, at any place, with the freedom to choose your time and work type. This is what attracted most people to kick-start their freelance journey. The ideal definition of freelancing showcased and displayed in the limelight is tempting and appealing. Once you get working in the industry, you will realize it is no less than any job, entrepreneurship, or business. You face ups and downs. At times you might not even lose clients. You may have to work day and night to finish off your tasks, meeting the deadlines, repurposed the drafts, and numerous changes required by your prospects.

“Work is worship” is what we all hear. We tend to assume that work is a typical 9-5 job, lavish corporate offices, or your own business. Work is work, no matter how small or big, and every work has hardships. Freelancing is another term used for freedom nowadays. Definitely, to unleash freedom, the obstacle in the way actually becomes your way, only when you are fair enough with yourself to push yourself up. Nothing looks the same when showcased. You have to step in and experience. These experiences make you bold enough to keep going throughout the journey to grow out, and that’s when you feel ‘easy’ is just meant for the display. What actually makes it easy is your willingness to work.

Written by – Sonali (© Copyright Protected)

How to manage studies and work life as a student?

Life has seen a tremendous change in the past two years. Something that couldn’t even be imagined happened so suddenly within a fraction of a second, completely changing human life. No doubt the Covid-19 lead us more closer to the digital and techno world.

Not only working professionals but also students and non-professional individuals started adapting to the techno era. Slowly and gradually, laptops and mobiles have taken up a huge space in our lives with time and pace.

Especially as a student, these electronics have become a necessity as this is the only source to take the education further. Even students have taken up their responsibilities to upgrade themselves and level up their skills. Along with studies, they are now working individuals too. Many of them are either working interns and managing their studies or working upon their start-up along with studies.

At times managing both of them in a single go becomes difficult, and students feel stressed. This tends to reduce the working capacity mentally as well as physically. To avoid mental breakdowns and get rid of stressful situations, here are a few tips and tricks that will benefit the students. This will not only help them to balance their work-life and studies simultaneously but also help them to level up their productivity.

1) Exercise – Regular exercise, even if practiced daily for 20 minutes, will totally help get energized and boost their minds.
2) You can practice meditation and journaling. These are the proven methods to keep yourself cool and calm.
3) Take short walks in the sun. Studies show that Vitamin D increases a positive and focused mood.
4) Laugh, smile, and spend time with family and friends.
5) Take breaks – A whole day just work will reduce your creativity. Thus take short naps and breaks in between.
6) Practice self-talk and self discussion. Speak positive affirmations to yourself- “this too shall pass” or “I can handle this.”
7) Ask for help – The most underrated yet important thing that students ignore is asking for help. They feel this might make them feel inferior or small, they will be made fun of, and people will laugh at them if they approach people for help. But the truth is when you ask someone for help, it builds up your community and networking. People feel trustworthy and happy that you asked them out!

Remember, anything can be solved when we communicated and speak. Along with work and studies, proper mental health is important. Mental well-being affects a person emotionally and physically as well. Thus, these easy peasy and go-to tricks will help students be calm, focused, peaceful, and relaxed, enabling them to perform well in academics and work life.

Written by – Sonali Sharma (© Copyright Protected)