Is working from home ending for IT companies? Wipro and TCS plan to call employees back to the office starting next month
Work from home Last update: As Covid cases dwindle and lockdown activity has begun in various states, IT majors like Wipro, Cognizant, TCS, Infosys plan to ask their employees to prepare to return to the office as early as next month . With this, the 2 years of working from the comfort of home will come to an end. According to a report by the Economic Times, major IT companies have begun the process of returning employees to offices.Also Read – Full office attendance for all central government employees from tomorrow. Details here
According to the report, Wipro has asked executives and senior managers to return to the office by March 3 two days a week. Similarly, Cognizant also plans to open its offices for voluntary return to premises by April. On the other hand, Infosys said it will open its offices to a larger share of employees in the next 3-4 months. Meanwhile, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) said it has a comprehensive remote working policy in place which stipulates mandatory work from base location even if associates are working from home. Read also – Cognizant records revenue of $18.5 billion for the year 2021; Return to double-digit annual revenue growth
Witnessing a downward trend in COVID cases, several companies, including major IT companies, are gradually opening their premises to employees who like to work from the office. Read also – Here’s what taxpayers expect from the 2022 budget
Wipro said it will move forward with a flexible, hybrid approach as it plans to call employees back to offices. A spokesperson for Wipro told ET that from March 3, fully vaccinated employees who are managers and above will have the option to return to work from Indian campuses, twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays. “We will continue to expand working from home for other employees,” the spokesperson added.
Infosys, on the other hand, with more than 96% of its employees working from home, said it does not plan to rush. Giving details, Richard Lobo, executive vice president, head of human resources, told ET that in a steady state, subject to Covid scenarios, the company expects a hybrid model in which around 40-50% of employees are likely to work from the desk following phases of returning to the office.
CDS, similarly, said he looked forward to seeing office campuses bursting with youthful energy in the coming months. “We remain committed to embracing our futuristic and revolutionary 25X25 model…An important part of the journey to the 25/25 model is to first bring people back into physical offices and gradually transition to the hybrid working model,” said the company said in a statement.
Competent, another IT specialist, also said he plans to bring employees back to the office 3 days a week from April. “Cognizant aims to return to the office in a phased manner from April 2022 as we monitor the uncertain path of the Omicron variant… Until then, travel will be restricted and office work will remain voluntary,” Shantanu Jha, senior vice president, HR, Cognizant India, told a news portal.