Work From Home: The Baby Culture of IT & ITES Firms
Work-from-home is the HR trend that seems to have evolved from IT & ITES firms who mainly leverage on Internet to connect & collaborate with business associates, partners and clients. So, whether the employee is sitting within office premises to do his/her work or working from home, it makes no difference to the work flow, unless your job profile requires you to be “physically” present in the office. Though there is no significant data to check on the exact centre of evolution for this culture, nevertheless it has prevailed to spread across different cultures, organizations and countries.
All major IT, ITES and Consulting giants, including Accenture, IBM, Sapient, Hughes, TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Amdocs to mid-size & small companies have work from home as their key HR feature. Now HR personnel are more at ease when you request them over flexibility of working from home, if situation demands. Basically, every company has a different policy as it comes to the phenomenon of working from home. Though we don’t a documented proof but we’ve observed that companies like Accenture, Sapient, IBM & TCS are open to give you periodical working from breaks where you can join your partner going for outstation/international work trips. There are other companies who are more open to only need-based and not so frequent work-from-home requests. I believe every employee has a unique relationship with the company. If you are giving results and adjusting with company/project requirements, your dedication is reciprocated well and obviously your requests for working from home are also answered.
The trend is globally widespread but has mainly evolved around businesses that use web as the basis of business operations. Though human resource departments at other industries are trying to explore their possibility around these flexibilities for employees, this seems like a distant possibility as their operations prohibits them from being out of their work premises.