Bangalore’s Work-Life Balance

I was at a forum recently where we were discussing how technology can help bring about changes to work-life balance.

We were discussing of several options like mobile phones, laptops, broadband connectivity, WiMax, etc. One may think that these things are applicable only for techies.

But, in the long run when everything becomes computerized, I would not be surprised if our government clerks process their files sitting at home or a banker sanctions your home loan from his home :-)

Quick technology adoption coupled with policy changes needs to be done to promote mobile workforce. This is important in a city like Bangalore, where traffic is a major pain. The following few years, when the city plans to upgrade its infrastructure, a lot of pain is in store for its citizens during the transition. So, the move has to be real quick! At least, let us start with the techies as e-governance is still at its early stages.

My office encourages work from home by providing a laptop, paying the internet connectivity charges and providing a mobile phone from which you can access your office mails. But still, we have to be physically present in office for five days a week.

When will this policy change, so that you can report to be “on duty” even from home?

How mobile ready is your office? How will such a move affect the work-life balance?

4 Comments so far

  1. Ajay (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 11:40 am

    The advancement of mobile technologies is good for you but not necessarily others. For e.g.:
    1. You are attending a conference and coz you have a mobile phone you are always taking calls which otherwise would have gone to your voice mail. Taking the calls is good for you, but bad for the person presenting the conference. Same goes for people with laptops sitting in Wi-Fi enabled conferences who constantly get disturbed by emails and IM windows.
    2. Your company gives you a laptop, pays the broadband charges and maybe your mobile charges too. They now “expect” you to be available for any kind of emergencies that crop over the weekend which otherwise could have waited till Monday.

    So, there are some advantages but there are also some bad ones, but almost always results in an unavoidable calibration of the personally and professionally accepted Work-Life balance.

    p.s: Sorry for the longish comment. :-)


  2. Kanth (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 5:47 pm

    Perfect Ajay…

    I fully agree with you.

    There are always two sides to such technologies.

    We need to find the balance!


  3. Divs (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 5:38 pm

    One can never have a work-life balance in a place like Bangalore. Thanks to technology! I have used laptops and mobiles and believe me I have neither now only out of choice. Why use a laptop or mobile when you’re expected to be “physically present” 5 days a week?!
    Work-life balance happens without technology and Life has just got better! :)


  4. vijay (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 2:50 pm

    Hi, I am a B.E graduate with 4+ yrs of exp in software field, presently working as a team lead for a reputed software company in Bangalore.
    I am fed up with 3-4 hrs of daily traveling to/from office. So, looking for an opportunity where in I can work from home.
    Let me know if anyone has got such options for me.

    Thanks in adv,
    Vijay
    (9945608364)



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