It’s time to switch: From virtual working to work from office, how India Inc. is planning the big move

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2020 brought about the most significant disruption in the workplace – enmass remote work. This time, everyone – irrespective of their job profile or sector they work in, or the managerial level they belong to – shifted to virtual working. With this, companies quickly adapted to digital well-being to combat virtual fatigue set by the endless Zoom calls.

According to Willis Towers Watson’s 2021 Wellbeing Diagnostic Survey, 85% of Indian employers intend to use their wellbeing programme as a differentiator in the next three years, up from 18% currently. With work from the office slowly resuming , companies are now focussing on overall employee wellbeing at the workplace.

To discuss these measures, India’s premier job portal TimesJobs hosted a virtual panel discussion in collaboration with Godrej Interio. The discussion titled -It’s time to switch: Changing Where & How People Work – outlined major trends in employee wellbeing , with critical learnings for the employers and HR professionals. The session was attended by:

– Sameer Joshi, VP Sales & Marketing (B2B), and Head – Workplace Research & Ergonomics, Godrej Interio
– Rajendra Ghag, Chief Human Resources Officer, Blue Dart
– Vinod Ugare, Assistant General Manager, Infrastructure, Volvo Group
– Zainab Mukadam, Head- India, Design & Workplace, Cushman & Wakefield

Speaking on the post-pandemic workplace design, Zainab Mukadam, Head, India – Design and Workplace, Cushman & Wakefield, shared that post-pandemic, the office must now become a space of enhanced productivity. Aside from amenities, businesses must incorporate sustainability into the workplace. Sameer Joshi, VP Sales & Marketing for B2B, Head- Workplace Research & Ergonomics, Godrej Interio, discussed the key trends discovered in their recent study. He elaborated on the evolution of the workplace to become a space that assists enhanced productivity and collaboration. He also shared that employees’ screentime has drastically increased and stressed that organizations must employ better digital wellness to control this.

He also shared that through Godrej Interio’s research, it has been found that 64 percent of employees sit for more than 9 hours a day at work and there is a dire need to have better infrastructure and overall wellness awareness for employees.

At the discussion, Blue Dart’s CHRO, Rajendra Ghag, shed light on the company’s wellness programme for employees and their families. This programme includes webinars led by nutrition experts and yoga instructors to help employees and their dependents learn about health, diet, and fitness. Vinod Ugare, Assistant General Manager, Infrastructure, Volvo India, also talked about the company initiative called Growpro group. In this initiative, he spoke of a space called ‘The Pilot’, in which the company solicits feedback from its employees about returning to work.

Watch the complete session here!

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