Organizations are made up of people and healthy workplaces are breeding grounds for an efficient and productive workforce. The ‘ideal workplace’ is no longer a myth but a reality that has transcended conventional corporate paradigms. In an economy as powerful as India, a workplace that productively engages employees and offers a friendly work environment is the defining element in shaping an individual’s career, personality, and standing in society.

So what constitutes an ideal workplace? Is it where people go to work eight hours a day five days a week? I feel an ideal workplace is one that eliminates geographical and technological barriers to create a dynamic ecosystem where work travels to people; not the other way round. For such a scenario to exist– and I believe it does – companies need to bring in more flexibility in the way they function. Innovations in technology and a rapid penetration of internet based systems have led to mass digitization of work and companies should take cognizance of the need to provide a productive, growth oriented work environment not limited by geography. 

I feel freedom to work is governed by four underlying principles – a culture of meritocracy, the ability to manage generational diversity, embracing the advancements in technology, and nurturing workplace flexibility. 

The writer is Dr. Moorthy K Uppaluri, MD & CEO, Randstad India.

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