India needs Virtual Offices......But how will our system understand this.....
Names of people have been changed in this article to maintain confidentiality.
Devraj Desai is a full time telecom professional based out of Bhavnagar. Devraj has his family in Bhavnagar and all his commitments do not allow him to move out of this port city in Gujarat. Devraj has supreme skills in software development but is hesitant to move to places like Mumbai or Bangalore because it disturbs the entire cycle of his family. Also he does not want to relocate to busy cities like Mumbai or Bangalore compromising the chilled out life of Bhavnagar.
Jagruti Shrivastav is an upcoming fashion designer in the city of Lucknow. Homemaker by force Jagruti is not able to pursue her dreams as a fashion designer as this would force her to relocate to a city like Delhi which for her is impossible as there would be massive transformations that they have to make in their family lifestyle.
Both these examples take me to a question that in a country of 1.25 billion people why should talents be nurtured only in Metro cities? We are not being able to reap the best out of our talents because of our archaic concepts of physical office which forces people to relocate.
It is a shame on the telecom infrastructure and the services that inspite of the fact that we would be able to provide at least 10Mb/s of Internet connectivity to Jagruti and Devraj still due to the archaic HR policies they are forced to dump their talents as this system forces them to relocate to places and disturb their families.
This is why we need virtual offices. Fashion designing and software development are works than people can pursue from home. The requirement is that very essential internet connectivity, which today is not a dream. Why do we need Factories without chimneys like Infosys complex and Wipro complex in Bangalore to reap such talents. Because today Infosys and Wipro have been able to gather work force who is willing or forced to relocate but passionate people like Devraj who have a passion for Software Development but are committed to family cannot go to Infosys Bangalore. They, if allowed this luxury of a virtual office can work full time and can provide wonderful results for the company.
Same way Jagruti could have actually made the best of designs and communicated over the mail or internet or virtual interfaces and become a very successful fashion designer of our country.
There are so many people like Devraj and Jagruti in T2 and T3 cities who have immense talent but because the Indian Corporates are not encouraging Virtual offices they are not able to succeed.
Virtual Offices have another big advantage. First of all there would be less traffic in the cities as people would be working from home. Less consumption of Petrol. Less requirement of commercial space so more space for residences. Less movement from T2 cities to Metros so more space in metros. Due to this the residence property rates would be in check and will not blow up. Pollution under control. Telecom services will get a boost as consumption of Data will increase. In short we are looking towards a more peaceful world with equal opportunities.
If some HR professional is reading this then he/she should contemplate this. IBM is not wrong in implementing this and this is being done very vividly by many other companies. In India this is needed and required.
When India is having companies who are boasting of world class telecom networks then why this cannot be done in our country? Why cannot we use our talents efficiently? How long shall we be stuck in archaic policies and not do something new?