Drastic social, political and economic changes are under way. The destiny of demographics is driving the opening of national borders and the active ‘wooing’ of immigrants and students, who have been the traditional sources of new talent in many developed economies, especially the US. The most significant example of this is Japan, which traditionally has been a closed society. In a tectonic shift, its government has started inviting immigrants, because Japan no longer has sufficient numbers of working age populace. Europe and the US will face this problem in the future.
In stark contrast, 56% of India’s population is under the age of 25. These workers will be a tremendous addition to the global, not just the local, workforce. The competition for students has also become intense, with the global educational landscape dealing with the increased profile, quality and attractiveness of institutions from Singapore to Australia to China. In addition, students in some countries, such as India, increasingly choose to study at home at institutions that now are seen as world-class.
This supports a Princeton University study a decade ago that predicted that the university would see a significant drop-off in students from China and India. There is also a strong reverse brain drain from developed economies, as emigrants from emerging markets choose to return home to brighter opportunities. Resource competition will heat up too. Global companies will continue to recruit at the best campuses in China and India and increasingly, other emerging countries to recruit students to work in the developed world.
Conference rooms are online; can be reserved from any location. Laptops can be carried to another office, campus country.
Leisure areas are extended to open spaces; you can slip on coffee from an Italian espresso maker, work out in the gym or just take a stroll around the office.
These are just tell-talk signs of a smart workplace. Smart solutions come from smart workplaces. This is the lingo most companies are using today.
Patni empowers its employees by providing an enriching job experience through the use of technology. We have an audio-visual conferencing facility which enhances quick decision making by enabling employees to connect with clients on a real time basis, a campus wide secure wireless network to enable unrestricted employee mobility.
So, how can a smart workplace be defined? A smart workplace is one where there is laughter at the corridor. It’s a place where the employees have the freedom to express themselves freely. A smart workplace is one which employees miss during weekends
Speaking of smart workplaces, what is it that actually goes in the making of one? Tangible aspects like infrastructure, IT enablement of key processes, space etc. Even simple aspects like the look and feel play an important role.
Fundamentals like an innovative organizational culture, role based resources allocation accessibility to seniors motivation in the form of acknowledgement, encouragement to pursuer larger goals. Empowerment and openness are few others.
Automation is one of the main themes behind a smart office. For instance, in their software company Synlog, engineers engaged in mission critical production support services are provided with a smart combination of communication technologies to remain connected 24×7 with the office and the clients, irrespective of their physical location.
A leading company has developed a dedicated web-chat application, connecting all offices and employees saving significant communication costs. On the security front, they use a combination of biometric and electronic security devices not only to ensure that they have a safe work environment but all client data are protected.
Different companies have taken different initiatives towards making their workplace a smart one. Uncommon sense is an organizational pillar at Marico. At Marico employees do not have to sign a muster and have no attendance records to keep. There are no casual /sick leaves to be recorded.