The work-from-home culture is spreading rapidly at India software giant Wipro, and nearly one-third of its roughly 82,000 employees may be allowed to work from home in the future, the Hindu Business Line reported recently. Some 1,200 enjoy a telework arrangement now.
“’It is tough, but feasible,’ said the company’s CIO, Laxman K. Badiga.”
Cognizant Technology Solutions, with 58,000 employees internationally and a number of offices in India, had a pilot project of 50 people working from home, the Business Line reported in a related article, and the firm would like to expand this to 20% of the workforce over the next two years. (These figures presumably refer to the company’s India-based workforce, though I’m only guessing from the context.)
A Glance at Work-at-Home India’s Future
The IT sector has led the way in home-based work internationally -- many smaller software firms, and even some larger ones, like MySQL, acquired by Sun this year for $1B, are entirely virtual -- so it makes sense that the same would be happening in India.
Apart from Indian companies helping their employees to set up to telework, however, infrastructure and disposable-income limitations may slow the spread of home-based e-work generally -- at least for a time -- in India. (But surely those limitations figure less in some cities than others. If you live in India, please leave a comment!)
Most of India’s Virtual Assistants, for example, appear to work on-site for their employers rather than at home, just as India’s call center agents do. On the other hand, the entrepreneurial drive that seems so much a part of India’s cultures and history should not be underestimated.
Wireless communications and falling hardware prices will encourage the process, too, although red tape --reputed to be legendary in many aspects of Indian commercial life -- will figure in as well.
For the article on Wipro, go here.
The piece on Cognizant is here.