Big corporates announced permanent WFH in certain roles
As Hybrid work model / Remote working has now become a new normal for certain job roles, many big corporates in India like Tata Steel, Infosys, Maruti Suzuki, Philips, Schneider, etc are evaluating job roles that will enable employees to work from home (WFH) or remotely on a permanent basis.
Steel manufacturing major, Tata Steel had announced a new work model for its employees which allows them to work from home for up to 365 days a year. The new ‘Agile Working Models’ policy of the company is effective from November 1.
Chief Group HR officer at Tata Steel, Atrayee Sarkar said “Tata Steel has recently introduced absolute work from home for certain roles on a permanent basis and we’re moving towards a trust and outcome-based working culture” and to give more flexibility to employees.”
“Under the new models, even officers who are required to be based out of a particular location can now work from home for unlimited days in a year,” she added.
Companies like Infosys, Maruti, and Philips are in the process of setting up new workplace models that will allow employees in certain roles to work from anywhere.
Rajesh Uppal, Maruti Suzuki executive board member, has also confirmed the organization’s plan to evaluate job roles in which workers need not attend office and they can work from anywhere.
Rachna Mukherjee, Chief Human Resources Officer, Schneider Electric has repeatedly said that there will be no going back to the 100% office attendance requirement that pre-Covid times used to have. She added that the pandemic has given time to reflect, adapt and challenge preconceived notions about work-life and the workplace. The hybrid work model at Schneider is applicable since beginning January 2021.
Companies like Infosys and Wipro are following a hybrid work model for now with a few employees coming to the office daily while most continue to WFH. Currently, at both the companies almost, 97% of employees are attending office virtually and these companies will review the work policy at the end of Mach 2021.
At Philips, as of now, employees have the option to go back home and work from their native towns vis-à-vis staying in metros. The company is adopting a hybrid workspace model depending on their roles, employees report to the office 3 days a week and 2 days can be done remotely.
According to NASSCOM, India’s IT workforce accounts for 4.36 million employees and over 95% of them have moved to work from home model. TCS has envisaged a ‘Vision 25*25’ policy where it aims to have only 25% of its employees work from its facilities by 2025.
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