Remote working: A way to reduce fuel consumption in the Future.

As we are confined indoors, the environment has started to breathe again. The world’s largest lockdown has put a brake on all the vehicular movement and factories had come to halt. Many cities across the world have reported a reduction in air pollution during the lockdown. Improving air quality is letting people see blue skies instead of heavy grey smog. The blue skies are proof that a lot of the air pollution was caused due to daily human activities.

There has been a decline in carbon emissions in the last few weeks. A study found a drop in carbon emission to about 100 million tonnes over 2 weeks. Nasa satellites show atmospheric changes because of the closed cities and factories. Scientists say carbon emission is down by 25% and NO2 by 30%. Around 39 cities have recorded “good” air quality and 51 cities have recorded “satisfactory” air quality in the last few days.

As we encounter a positive change in our surroundings and environment, there is a massive global challenge faced by the industries. The working world is experiencing a revolution as physical offices are being replaced by virtual workplaces. Companies are trying to rise to the occasion and are willing to learn new dynamics of work.

Keeping the safety of its people as their foremost priority TCS acknowledges that all global challenges need a global solution. The company has launched a new program to ensure business continuity using its Secure Borderless Workspace (SBWS) model, which allows its associates to work from home. TCS’ Secure Borderless Workspaces (SBWS) is a transformative operating model framework that allows organizations to take full advantage of their talent ecosystem to maximize business opportunities. It contains a wide range of human functions, including infrastructure, talent management, and employee engagement; processes, tools, and governance mechanisms; and collaboration and engagement practices. Currently 90% of its employees are working from home. By 2025, only 25% of employees will be needed in the office at a given time in order to be 100% productive with the help of this model. Even after the Coronavirus pandemic comes to a close and the lockdown is over — TCS plans to continue with their SBWS model.

Apart from TCS, few companies have shown a 35% jump in productivity with the WFH pattern. There is a massive reduction in commute time, get ready time, for meetings set-up & switching time. Less bio, tea/coffee & smoke breaks have also been observed. Employees are hardly dealing with the temperaments of laptops & projectors. It is now possible to accommodate hundreds in a single meeting possible, within a short notice. Most importantly, there is a higher autonomy of work resulting in larger impacts. The non-hierarchical set-up is building higher confidence among employees and higher satisfaction.

We’re on the verge of a new work order that will render obsolete age-old concepts such as location dependency; defined and fixed working hours; high-touch governance; and presenteeism as a prerequisite to optimal productivity. We are living in a world where technology is embedded in every aspect of our lives. All the industries including automobile, textile, manufacturing, and chemical must move to a technical platform. Most of the industrial loss has to be rapidly recovered with more applications of IT including automation, artificial intelligence, mobile application development as well as infrastructure support.

Remote working is considered suboptimal but as the industry has learned this new dynamic, some will choose to continue this mode of work. Getting up, getting dressed, going out to work will become routine of the past. Today, all that has changed. It’s about time. Our current operating model is an age-old legacy. In some ways, this crisis actually leapfrogs us into a new model.

Contributed By- Alvina Begum Zeba, Content Writer @Mitti Ke Rang

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