Hailed as a major step towards bringing in the employees back to office, big IT companies like TCS, Wipro, Infosys, Cognizant, HCL are opening their offices after the Covid-19 pandemic, allowing workers to work from office, as well as giving an option to work from home. Most IT companies have gained record income over the past few quarters, with evolution of new technologies, paired with work from home for almost the entire workforce. Hence, the IT companies prefer including the option of work from home for employees, rather than lose them.
April onwards, the offices of TCS, Wipro, Infosys and other major IT companies operating in India are likely to function with some employees apart from managers returning to office. In almost every case, the employees can continue working from home, or may start working from the nearest office. While the employees are divided over the work from home or office issue, the above hybrid model of work is expected to appease both parties and is a win-win situation for all.
Most IT companies are not looking at an option where 100% of its employees will be working from office 5 days a week. Neither would they like to shut down their offices for good. The future of work, as they deemed, is likely to give more flexibility to location and schedule of work for employees for managing the work-life balance better. It is also not possible to accommodate inside offices, the record number of freshers hired off late, as the IT industry is looking to expand rapidly, creating more job opportunities.
TCS is looking forward to a 25/25 model of work, where only 25% of its employees will work from office at the time, and the rest remotely working. Wipro is likely to continue with the hybrid model of either work from home or work from office. Infosys is looking at a two-day work from office and three day work from home policy. The rest of the IT companies are expected to follow either of the models of work, though some are looking at newer strategies like 4-day work, or flexible hours work, to attract skilled laborers from other companies. Whatever the new “normal” is, the future of work is far from the traditional 6×8 work schedule in offices, that gives employees less time with their families, and stops them from learning new skills, which are the needs of the hour.
Written by – Himadri Paul