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Women line up to work from home

It must be said that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought more changes to civil society than any other case in the last half century or even more. The concept of working from home seems to be here to stay, even as companies do their best to coax or even force employees back into the workplace.

we reported some time ago, of those who were offered a work-from-home option, up to 75% are now resisting a return to work. And the reasons aren’t surprising enough – the time it takes to commute as well as a workplace’s complete lack of flexibility are what seem to be driving employees away or looking for telecommuting options.

Amid this trend of employees skipping school when asked to return to work, another trend is developing whereby women appear to be actively seeking jobs at companies that offer the WFH option or even a model. hybrid. “As soon as we add WFH, we start getting more responses from candidates,” says the HR manager of a Bangalore-based company.

In fact, this decision couldn’t have come at a more opportune time for women who took sabbaticals for one reason or another around 2019 and beyond. In fact, even those with an outward-facing job profile are asking for a hybrid work routine in which they have the flexibility to stay home at least two days a week.

A women-only job fair was organized by consultancy firm Avtar earlier this month, where more than 35% of positions insisted that location was not a constraint, while more than Another 40% actually offered hybrid working models. Attendees at the fair included GIC, ICICI Lombard, Amazon and Ather Energy.

In fact, companies that offer flexibility seem to attract better talent across the board, leaving others to fight for the rest of the pool. Companies are considering innovation options to improve employee engagement and satisfaction, which could lead to a redesign of hiring. A CIEL survey indicates that 30% of staff are still in WFH mode.

A senior human resources manager working for a Mumbai-based agency says hiring women, including some who are looking for a second career option, expands the talent pool. And once these women see the flexibility in work hours and space, they’re okay with a pay cut that’s often commensurate with the time and money they spend traveling.

While most companies lean towards a hybrid setup, the only ones that seem to have a choice of a Hobson are those that get to work straight from campus.