PepsiCo embraces location-free policy to retain talent

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Beverage and snack giant PepsiCo is implementing a ‘location-free’ roles strategy in a bid to retain talent and offer some employees opportunities to handle global functions without having to move out of India. –Economic Times

As more than a dozen senior to mid-level employees have exited the company over the past six months. PepsiCo is also offering some employees an opportunity to handle global functions without having to move out of India.

Nearly 10% of the positions at its Gurgaon-based head office will be location-free, which means those employees can operate from anywhere in the country while the employees will be part of their respective functional groups in India, they will report to their sector/global heads who may be based in Dubai, New York or other cluster headquarters, the company said. These officials will not report to the India leadership.

 “This is to take advantage of technology and to help retain talent and take care of career aspiration of talent who may not necessarily want to move location. These roles will not be for customer-facing functions such as manufacturing and sales, but for functions such as human resources, R&D, IT and finance,” a company spokesperson said.

“Local talent has consistently taken more global roles and responsibilities from time to time, including in new emerging areas of digital and other shared services. These roles are – in a lot of cases – becoming location-free with the advancements of technology,” company VP-HR Suchitra Rajendra said.

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