The future of work is at home as employees record higher productivity
Virtual is (still) the new normal. As India completes one year of remote working, something that was initially considered a fad seems to have found favour with companies and employees. COVID-19 isn’t petering out anytime soon, and the world seems to be gearing up to work from home indefinitely.
As per UserTesting, 65 percent of global professionals continue to work remotely. Some organisations have even recorded an increase in employee productivity, according to Harvard Business Review.
Who would have thought that limited coffee breaks, zero commute, and fewer water-cooler conversations would make us all more productive?
The COVID-19 disruption and the new normal have resulted in newer opportunities for startups to leverage technology and create products to ease remote work. The ‘hybrid workplace’ is now being touted as the future of work, where employees get the flexibility of working from home or anywhere.
Vineet Singh, Head of Brand and Marketing at WeWorkIndia says, "All this clearly indicates the increasing adoption of flexible working styles that cater to evolving office space needs of large companies and individuals alike.”
Last year, increased digitisation also led to a rise in financial services frauds — ranging from minor identity thefts to scams worth billions of dollars. Omkar Shirhatti, Co-founder and CEO of Karza Technologies, says the company saw the lack of information and intelligence available with the institutions. While such investigations usually take 3-4 months, the startup leverages technology to enable companies to take a call beforehand.
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News & Updates
- Sequoia Capital India has closed a new $195 million seed fund to invest in very early-stage startups. This latest seed fund will focus on Sequoia’s Surge programme which was launched in 2019 to offer $1-2 million capital in pre-Series A funding rounds.
- SEBI unveiled a new set of regulations to ease the listing process for Indian startups on the stock exchanges. The SEBI Board meeting unveiled several measures around the Innovators Growth Platform (IGP) — the vehicle designed specifically for the listing of startups.
- SME finance startup Reevoy raised undisclosed funds from 25 angel investors, including Alok Bansal (Co-founder, PolicyBazaar). The London-based startup will use the funds to build new technology, hire talent, and grow its operations across the UK and India.
- Khatabook announced the acquisition of SaaS startup Biz Analyst in a deal valued at $10 million. The transaction will be a mix of cash and equity. Through this acquisition, Khatabook aims to leapfrog into the next phase of growth, where it will provide premium value added services.
- Tata Power-DDL has partnered with Bengaluru-based SUN Mobility to set up a network of battery 'Swap Points' across North and Northwest Delhi. They launched the first 'Swap Point' with two Quick Interchange Stations to serve the growing demand for EVs.
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“The world can completely be remote and still be able to function, and that will create a completely different cultural wave where we will have people working from different places, and that will create more opportunities.”