Ahmedabad: The last and a half years have changed the way businesses operate and many employees do not yet want to return to the 9am to 5pm work schedule. These are some of the key takeaways from discussions involving senior human resources (HR) officials at a conclave on Saturday.
Vaibhav Kulkarni, director of Ernst & Young, said the brick-and-mortar office concept is slowly giving way to a “work from anywhere” culture.
“The majority of companies today work in hybrid mode. Technology has facilitated the process by which performance and participation can be monitored virtually, ”Kulkarni said. “Some companies also only mark a day or two for office work when a physical presence is required.”
Kulkarni added, “With the fear of Omicron still present, it’s unlikely we’ll see full offices anytime soon. ”
The HR Leadership Conclave was organized by Shalby Hospitals in association with E&Y and PeopleStrong Technologies. It attracted HR managers from several companies in the city.
Babu Thomas, the general manager of Shalby hospitals, said businesses and employees, especially in the healthcare sector, need each other more than ever. “Many changed rules, many introduced new concepts and incentives as a sign of appreciation for those who gave their all during the pandemic,” Thomas said. He said the well-being of employees was at the center of concerns.
“Many companies have set up employee helplines to deal with mental health issues,” said Jitendra Nirwani of PeopleStrong Technologies. “In terms of trends, we’ve seen a lot of companies use their internal talents for emerging roles. ”