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Coronavirus crisis may fast forward IT's work from home adoption

CIO Insider Team | Tuesday, 24 March, 2020
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The employees, mostly software employees are forced to work from home due to Covid-19. This is to avoid the diseases spreading through social gatherings. These steps could result in an inflection point for all the IT companies in India, according to the researchers.

Almost more than half of the Indian workers started working from home to avoid the spread of the disease as the gatherings can be a key to spreading the virus among the employees. An estimated number of 3 million Indian employees started working from home. “If employees continue to work from home for a few more months, IT

companies are likely to conclude that 20-30% of their workforce can operate remotely.” said Sridhar Mitta, founder of NextWealth Entrepreneurs, an organisation that has around 2000 individuals providing services remotely.

“The first wave was when companies started outsourcing work to India because of the huge cost differential, followed by Y2K when they needed more people to solve a problem within a short period,” said Mitta, a former CTO of Wipro and among its earliest employees. “Over the next few months, IT companies will gain experience and realise what processes can and cannot be done remotely. Clients too, will gain comfort,” he said. “Over time, even if 20% of the work can be done from home, it would mean over one million people not needing to commute to an office daily, with the option of working from any city they choose to.” Mitta said.

With this crisis back office organisations and Indian technology services have already moved a huge number of employees to work from home.
Almost 60 percent of the employees from Accenture have asked to work from home in India and more than 40 percent of employees from Tata Consultancy Services have asked their employees to work from home to reduce the contact and gatherings.

The Chairman of Clix Capital, PramodBhasin said, “The concept could have a profound impact on the kind of people who become part of the workforce. It would be easier for parents, especially women, to get back to work if they can work remotely, and for others for whom fixed timings are an issue. This will help break many myths about what can or can’t be done from home.”

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