You won’t get fired for drinking at this workplace.
They are either freelancers who don’t have an office or work for a startup that don’t care where they rest their butts while writing code for them. Welcome to the new workplace where you’re your own boss, or your boss is too busy to epitomise his authority.
Workplaces in India are undergoing transformation. The new India’s workforce has grown tired of traditional, hierarchical workplaces of yesterday. It needs a tranquil cool workplace where anybody can work when they please to without somebody having to sit on their shoulder, instructing every then and now.
Rakesh hasn’t been to his office for the past two weeks. His boss doesn’t mind either. His boss himself sits in an improvised office in his apartment’s balcony. When he has anything to discuss with his team in personal, he don’t call them at his apartment. He rather asks them to aggregate at a café near him. His apartment is just too small for a team meeting.
The café he invites his team over for weekly meetings is not very different from other cafes, except most patrons here are freelancing photographers, designers, journalists, and software programmers.
When Rakesh runs into a problem while compiling a code, he don’t Google the error code for a solution, rather he asks any coder in the café to help him out. Likewise, when a coder in the cafe runs into a problem, Rakesh don’t hesitate to offer a helping hand.
Last month, when Shruti, a regular at the café and photographer by profession wanted to build a website to highlight her work, she asked for Rakesh’s help. They strike a deal right at the café and within four weeks, Shruti’s website was ready to attract viewers. She don’t had to go anywhere to find a website developer.
Not just this café, hundreds of such café are sprouting across major cities in India, especially Pune, Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai to keep up with the recent start-up boost the country is witnessing. Some of these cafes even double as a bar at night where you can have a glass of beer while drafting proposal for a prospective client and Ya, nobody is gonna fire you for that.
These cafes and the kind of culture they are building embodies the zeal of the modern Indian workplace and a ‘U’ turn from unnecessary bureaucracy and traditional workplaces where your appraisal day is your judgement day.