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Nokia Employees Will Be Allowed To Work From Home For Three Days A Week

Nokia Employees Will Be Allowed To Work From Home For Three Days A Week
Following the end of its current work from home policy in December this year, the Finnish telecommunication giant Nokia would allow its employees to choose to work from home or remotely to up to three days a week as the company steps up increased support for flexible working hours starting January next year, Nokia said.
A survey of its employees was conducted by the Finnish telecom equipment manufacturer at the end of last year in which a majority of the employees said that they wanted to work from home or from a remote location for up to two to three days every week. That was more than the average of two days of remote working as was notified by the employees of the company prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. .
"The pandemic forced organisations to change. Technology gave people the tools to innovate. In many cases, the results have been too good to go back to the old way of doing things," Nokia Chief Executive Pekka Lundmark said.
At the end of 2020, there were about 92,000 employees in the company who were dispersed in about 130 countries around the world. Nokia however has plans to cut down its employees size by at least 10,000 in about two years, the company had said in March this year, aimed to cut down on costs of operations so that it could make greater investments in augmenting its research capabilities.
Nokia is also planning to make drastic changes to its office designs as it wants to allocate up to 70 per cent of the office space in some locations for teamwork and meetings while retaining much less space as dedicated work stations.
The company has already reconfigured its offices in Dallas, Singapore and Budapest and it now expects to complete redesigning of more sites by the end of the year even as the company also follows other global companies in implementing a more hybrid working regimen in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. For example, agreements and arrangements with their employees have been made by the French car maker Renault and Stellantis – the company that makes the Peugeot and Citroen cars, according to which the employees would be allowed to work from home for up to three days a week.
The company also plans to launch a smart office solution by the end of the current year which will allow employees to “book workspaces and office amenities, as well as toolkits and guides aimed at helping people managers and teams to establish better, more flexible and sustainable working models,” the company has said. The company has also said that it will implement this new hybrid model on a country-by-country basis while considering the local needs, the regulatory and legal requirements and the Covid-19 situation.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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