EXPERT ADVISE – A BALANCED SCHEDULE

WITH MANY ENTREPRENEURS OVERSEAS ADVOCATING THE THREE DAY WORK-WEEK MODEL, HERE IS AN ANALYSIS OF WHETHER THIS MODEL WILL SUITE THE INDIAN CORPORATE ECOSYSTEM

Earlier this year, a renowned businessman triggered a worldwide debate about how corporates should adopt a three-day work-week, which involves a 12-hour working day, to help employees dedicate more time to their personal needs. However, as enticing as the idea may sound, a 12-hour working day can not only lead to immense exhaustion amongst employees, but also amount to a great wastage of time with workers finding it hard to maintain their attention-span over such a large time frame. According to me, the usual two days of leave one gets during a five-day work-week are adequate. What is perhaps required is the need to emphasise the importance of taking regular short breaks, switch off, travel and return to office rejuvenated. This might work as a better catalyst to productivity.

Furthermore, in a country like India where many sectors, including retail, manufacturing, healthcare, media, entertainment and customer services, operate on a 24×7 model, a three-day work-week does not be the best approach to doing business leading to a dip in the same. Having said this, firms involved in IT, consulting or any project-based industry with the B2B model as well as research institutes, which comprise a mixed staff from across the globe, may find it feasible to adopt a three-day work model. FLEXIBILITY OVER LEAVES In the Indian context, the debate should be veered towards increasing workplace flexibility in terms of work timings and the liberty to work from home to help employees deal with fatigue especially in metros where the usual long distance commute to the workplace can be a real hassle.

Furthermore, companies need to consider that we are stepping into an age witnessing an ambitious generation, where it is imperative that people are more conscious and aggressive about their careers. Involvement and engagement towards work is not just limited to confines of an office but has moved on to a bigger ecosystem of virtual networking and social interactions beyond the workplace. In fact, it is fairly difficult to establish a direct correlation between employee productivity and physical presence at work. Even in metros, the line between the professional and social ecosystem is getting blurred with professionals choosing to socialise amongst themselves thanks to a large migrant population.

Additionally, efficient workforces, ever-evolving technology and a dynamic market are a few reasons why flexibility must be widely adopted by organisations.

Also, if employees use their resources intelligently ­ both in terms of time and money ­ they can complete their work quickly, with better accuracy and with an improved end product. This can help keep both business leaders and customers happy, while providing an intrinsic reward for the workers themselves ­ the satisfaction of a job well done.

Source: Mirror

Date: 10/11/2014

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