Recently, as the Covid-19 pandemic has subsided, offices are reopening and calling back their employees, who had accepted the work from home norm as a new professional lifestyle.
Most companies, including IT companies, are calling their employees on a hybrid work from office basis, which means employees will come to the office location only on some days and work from home on other days, but some companies insist on going back to the old way of calling their employees to offices full-time, every day.
N R Narayana Murthy, the founder of IT giant Infosys, is one such important personality who strongly supports work from home cultures.
A DH report states that Murthy stated that he didn’t like the work-from-home culture in a summit on Friday, citing the practice’s impact on company culture.
Narayana Murthy Wants Companies to Call Employees Back to Offices
Information technology veteran Narayana Murthy noted, “When people work from home, institutional culture gradually weakens.”
He stated that in a country like India, where not every employee can manage to have a separate room to work, with many employees living in a multi-generational household, and not having a great internet connectivity, the concept of work from home does not bring out its best potential.
He compared India’s productivity to Bangladesh’s, stating that despite being formed only over 40 years, the latter’s per capita income exceeded India’s. Bangladesh per capita income stood at $2,227, China’s at $12,551, while India’s figure stood at $1,900.
“My wish is that all the companies get back to office at the earliest,” added the industry veteran.
Trak.in , in a story covered in 2020, stated Narayana Murthy quoting, “I believe the office is the place to work, home is the place to spend time with your loved ones. Mixing the two is not a good idea on a long-term basis. Yeah, I understand that there is no alternative therefore, we have adapted. But this should be a short-term solution.”