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    IT firms not in a hurry to get their staff back in office

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    As Covid-19 infections started to climb in March, the $147 billion Indian outsourcing industry moved to a work-from-home model across the country. Now, it is in no hurry to go back to old ways.

    engaluru | Mumbai: IT services providers are treading cautiously over bringing employees back to offices, as India has yet to flatten the Covid-19 pandemic curve and workforce productivity has been either unaffected or rising in the last few months.

    As Covid-19 infections started to climb in March, the $147 billion Indian outsourcing industry moved to a work-from-home model across the country. Now, it is in no hurry to go back to old ways.

    Infosys is enabling a gradual return of employees to offices. Currently, only about 15% of its staff are working from offices across the country. It is carefully monitoring various office locations and reopening only if the conditions are suitable.

    “Considering there has been no loss of productivity with remote working, we want to ensure that return to office is not rushed, and takes into account all elements of employee safety and wellbeing as well as business deliverables,” said Richard Lobo, Executive Vice President, Head HR at Infosys.

    IT Firms not in a Hurry to Get their Staff Back in Office

    Hexaware Technologies has no employee working from offices. It is likely to ramp up the number to a maximum 50%, depending on the health status in each community it operates in. It does not, however, anticipate having more than half its staff in offices across locations till a vaccine is widely available. “Hexaware policy on employees coming back to campus is not linked to government policies and dates of opening,” said R Srikrishna, CEO, Hexaware Technologies.

    HCL Technologies has only about 4% of its employees working at customer locations and its offices.

    5 Comments on this Story

    Ravee V38 days ago
    WFH is really working wonders for BFT companies as well. Its lot of savings for the organization.
    Xact38 days ago
    Lots of small time workers have lost their jobs because of wfh. Facilities department, drivers from transport department, uber and ola were completely dependent on techies but they are selling off their vehicles now as they are unable to pay vehicle emis. And this is how we take our baby steps towards a full blown recession. When will our government take note and save the system.
    Anonymous 39 days ago
    No IT company have the 50 % additional space to comply with the social distancing plus they are saving big on electricity , transportation , and network infrastructure support IF people are working from home .
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