IT companies like Wipro, Infosys, TCS and HCL are planning to re-open the offices for their employees and are finally ready to put an end to the ‘work from home’ concept.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic changed the dynamics of the work culture in all the countries. Thousands of companies around the world had to opt for work from home and for most companies that has been the case since March 2020, when the pandemic crisis began.
During Covid-19, the transition to working from home was awfully fast for a lot of companies.
The work-from-home concept blended seamlessly with the lockdown lifestyle but, it has been over 18 months now since the pandemic has started and employees and employers are thinking to get rid of it as soon as they can.
Many Indian companies are still allowing work from home and seem like they will be continuing it for a while but few IT majors are preparing to bring employees back to the office seat.
India’s IT industry employs a quarter of the 12-13 million people in the organised private workforce. And it is a major contributor to economic growth in cities such as Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune, where such IT companies have built huge campuses for their offices.
This is after cases of Covid-19 have decreased and India is on the path of record vaccinations every day. A large chunk of the population has already received both doses.
Keeping this in mind, the corporations are asking their employees to come back to the office. Wipro had already reopened the doors of offices for the employees on September 13, following all the COVID-19 safety protocols.
India’s software giant is aiming at calling back nearly 80% of employees to start working from the office.
The company mentioned that approximately 90% of its employees are fully vaccinated. The company will be working towards calling 70-80% of the workforce back in campus by the end of 2021 or early next year, according to the statement.
Infosys, a leading software organization is hoping to get its 2.6 lakh employees back to ‘work-from-office’ safely.
The company is receiving requests from certain accounts to let their team members work from campuses. Also, several employees are ready to work from the office, as a personal preference.
HCL Tech, a major IT company, is also treading the same road as its rivals, HCL Technologies Chief Human Resources Officer Apparao V V presently informed that about 74% of its employees have been vaccinated. HCL Tech will be resuming its offices soon, according to the reports.
The IT and digital product engineering firm, Nagarro announced a few days back that it has re-opened its Gurgaon office for its employees.
The company said in a LinkedIn post that after 18 months of working from home, they are finally reopening the Nagarro office in Gurgaon, India. Following all Covid protocols in place, for sure.
Nasscom, an Indian non-governmental trade association and advocacy group has embraced the hybrid work model and after 1.5 years of remote work opens its offices for the employees to return.
The company is allowing only 30% occupants in the office and has put in some strict covid protocols.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple has already proposed the hybrid model of working back in June 2021. The big IT giant that is following a hybrid work model and asked its employees to come back to the office from this month.
Seems like a lot of things will depend on whether India sees a third Covid wave or not. But one thing is as clear as crystal: hybrid or flexible models of work are here to stay.
The company can opt for any model which suits their requirements but it is an effective way to enable people to work from different locations and even at varying hours.