Indeed employees have been helping people get jobs from the comfort of their home since the company announced it was moving its entire workforce to work from home. In this blog, Indeed employees based in India share their challenges with working from home (WFH), and how they’ve overcome them over the past year.
WFH has its benefits; we save time on commute to the office, we get to spend more time with loved ones at home and we don’t have to stick to a dress code at all… unless we’re taking a video call, where we really only need to dress right from the waist up!
That said, there are also challenges with working from home.
For Shonalee Damodar (left), a Client Solutions Manager from the Scaled Business Success team in Bangalore, one of the challenges in the beginning was concerns about maintaining consistency of her work as well as having a positive impact on the company.
“My manager provided me with new tasks and challenges which pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me learn and grow in my career,” she shares.
During that time, Shonalee also became the Communications Lead in India for Women@Indeed, one of the Inclusion Resource Groups (IRGs) at Indeed, and did a lot of great things for the Bangalore office.
Shonalee says the best part about working with Indeed was the way the company ensured employees had job security, and built a level of transparency with the Senior Leadership Team during regular virtual town halls and Q&As.
“All these events helped us feel good about ourselves though we were working from home,” she says. “I loved that they encouraged kindness and understanding for all individuals. I love the fact that they genuinely focus on employees and have a strong belief in the value of the IRGs.”
But WFH came with its set of unique challenges, particularly for some of the working parents.
Both Ramya Ramkumar, a Quality Assurance Automation Engineer, and Ankit Kushwaha (right) a Quality Assurance Engineer based in Hyderabad, found it tricky at the beginning to manage time with family and work while working from home.
“I have a one-year old kid at home and managing office timing with him was difficult, but Indeed’s open culture helps me overcome these difficulties. We’re very open with each other when communicating with team members, and the leadership team has always focused on flexibility, which really helps us deliver our work while managing our personal life. We even have a ‘Stress Cop’ in the team to ensure the workload is distributed fairly and we’re coping well with work,” Ankit shares.
Ramya (left) also found it challenging as she had a toddler and had to split time between her and her husband to take care of their daughter.
However, she is grateful to be working for an organisation that champions an open work culture, and had teammates and leaders who were supportive and flexible about working schedules.
“That definitely takes away so much stress at work,” Ramya mentions.
Back in Bangalore, Client Success Specialists Marshal Francis and John Abraham share their biggest struggle and how Indeed has supported them as they WFH.
“The biggest struggle was to replicate an office-like atmosphere at home. The financial support provided by Indeed really helped me,” Marshal (right) explains.
Indeed has since provided work from home stipends for full-time employees, those on leave and full-time contractors to help them not just better their workspace but also their wellbeing while they work from home.
To help Indeedians cope with managing their work and life throughout this challenging time, Indeed has also extended YOU Days so employees can take time off to do the things they love.
John (left) shares how he’s utilized his YOU Days and what he loves about working at Indeed even during these challenging times.
“I’m so grateful for the Open PTO policy, YOU Days and transparency in the decisions made by the SLT team here at Indeed. I’ve managed to learn some cooking, spend more time with my wife and parents as well as do some sports. This made everyone so happy and created a strong bond with the people who were most important to me,” John shared.
If you like what you’ve read and would love to be a part of the team in India, visit indeed.jobs for job opportunities.