Microsoft, Deloitte, Accenture Asks Teams To Decide Work From Home Or Office: Teams Will Decide New Work Model?
Pandemic shifted the way organizations work policies worked. While many companies have been calling back their employees to work from office, others are still making the policies around the same.
There are some firms that have left it to the individual to decide that they wish whether or not they want to return to office or not.
Most of the companies have decided to decentralize the decision of taking the individual teams about their work model.
These companies include Microsoft, Accenture, Deloitte and RPG Group among others. Giving this option to the employees, according to corporates and HR experts, gives them the flexibility and empowerment in terms of the way they want to plan their lives in the longer run, thus, resulting in better performance.
Lets have a look at what the companies as well as HRs have to say to about the work policy:
Ira Gupta, HR head at Microsoft said that the company believes that agreements are most effective when made collaboratively with inputs from everyone on the team. Team agreements are dynamic as they are based on the unique context of the individuals, the team as a collective and the business.
She added that these agreements are revisited frequently by managers and teams to check if any changes are to be made. Working flexibly 50 per cent of the time is standard for most jobs at Microsoft.
Employees at Harsh Goenka-led RPG Group have been labelled based on their work. While the organization, offers the option to work from home for up to 50 per cent of the time.
Some categories of workers even enjoy 100 per cent remote work, with the exception that the employees are supposed to attend meetings as well as discussions.
Supratik Bhattacharyya, chief talent officer, RPG Group said that the teams discuss with their supervisors when they come in, or when they can work from home. It’s done in a planned way and a roster is created after pre-deciding with the manager.
Employees at the advanced technology centres of Accenture in India are free to pick their own work location from any of the cities where the company is present.
Lakshmi C, managing director and lead, HR, Accenture India said that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to the future of work and our approach to how, when and where we work will vary by business, team and the type of work our people do.
Professional services company Deloitte lets the individual partners, team leaders and reporting managers decide what a team needs to meet at the workplace, along with who needs to join physically.
Deloitte India chief talent officer SV Nathan said that “We believe in flexibility and hybrid working and so, no rules at play”.
Where Does the Buck Stop?
Rajul Mathur, consulting leader, India, work and rewards, Willis Towers Watson that “It is too early to define this trend as a long-term one. Companies are approaching it on a monthly, quarterly basis. There are few companies who have announced a decision till end of this financial year”.