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WFH has helped diversify workforce

Monday October 18, 2021, By Diversity Digest

Even as offices look to resume operations in the physical workplace, sectors might want to continue work from home (WFH) culture. WFH has been able to facilitate women’s workforce participation, including people with disabilities, and ensure equitable distribution, especially in the IT industry, according to the CEO of IT Parks in Kerala, John M Thomas.

In a press release, Thomas said that WFH had shown the impact on the workforce, benefitting segments like new mothers, people with disabilities, and decentralized the workforce.

The IT industry which was the earliest adopter of the WFH concept has leveraged the benefits of it during the pandemic as well.

The 2020 edition of the Best Companies for Women In India (BCWI), the annual gender analytics exercise by Avtar in association with US-based Working Mother, saw an overall increase in remote work during the pandemic. While 77% of the companies had the module in 2018 and 2019, the number jumped to 85 % in 2020.

Another study by Avtar has corroborated the increase in opportunities for women with remote work. The study ‘Women, careers, and marriage: Evolving dynamics in India Inc. in the post COVID world’ also showed that more women from tier 2 cities entered the workforce during the period. The numbers were especially encouraging for women in the marriage and motherhood category (25 years to 35 years), with 70% of the new job applicants across industries being in the age group.

The study also indicated that IT/ITES was sought after by married women alongside Banking, Finance, and Insurance sector, as they benefitted immensely from the remote working option.

Thomas added that a hybrid model of workforce distribution between the office and home could be the way forward. The model is a game-changer, as an enabler for work-life balance.

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