Qualcomm said productivity increased with remote working in pandemic
Remote working is here to stay, and business leaders from tech powerhouses Qualcomm and Lenovo lent their support in a virtual panel on Tuesday.
Insider Senior Technical Correspondent Lisa Eadicicco led a panel on the future of mobile devices with Alex Katouzian, Senior Vice President of Mobile, Compute and Infrastructure at Qualcomm, Tom Butler, Head of Business and Portfolio at Lenovo, and Harpreet Rai, CEO of smart grid company Oura
The conversation ultimately turned to how technology will make the shift to remote working easier.
Connectivity and smart technology are key to supporting the shift to remote working and helping people interact when they’re not in the same space, said Katouzian of Qualcomm.
“You are able to do the job, you can go on, you are able to have a lot more productivity, but you have to have the right devices, you have to have the right connectivity,” he said.
Katouzian said that with Qualcomm’s home-based workforce, the company has seen productivity increase – he said the company filed more patents during the pandemic than before.
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“You don’t have to commute, sometimes you don’t have to waste time in the room talking to people about things that are not relevant – those times add up,” Katouzian said in the panel.
Lenovo’s Butler agreed and said, “We’ve proven that we can work from home and be productive.”
But, he said, “there is something to be said about human connection, this face-to-face, we feel like it,” which is why he thinks the hybrid model will work well or some arrangement. where employees divide their week between office and home. Katouzian also expressed his support for the concept.
“People love that you have a hybrid situation of working from home and returning to work a few days a week,” he said.
Many in the business world have said they plan to implement a flexible work-from-home policy, allowing employees to work two days in the office, for example, and three days at home.
Others have taken a more aggressive approach – Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has told his employees they can work remotely all the time if they want. Some Twitter teams have even started to create a system of hand signals and new phrases to make video conferencing more effective.
To prepare for a decentralized workforce, Twitter decided in September to sublet 100,000 square feet of space at its San Francisco headquarters.
Dorsey has a long history of supporting remote options and distributed workforce. “We should always optimize the areas where people feel most creative, and I wish we were much more flexible in working from home,” Dorsey wrote to employees in 2018, according to the Washington Post.