An IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has asked its employees to Work from the office 5 days a week from October 1, 2023 onwards.
CNBC report disclosed the official mail that read, “As communicated by CEO and chief human resources officer (CHRO) in various townhalls, it is mandatory for all associates to attend office on all the working days (5 days per week if there are no holidays) starting 1 October 2023.”
TCS has become the first IT company to deviate from the popular hybrid work policy that gained prominence after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) employees are working 3 days a week as per the company’s Return to Office initiative.
Earlier Milind Lakkad, Chief HR Officer, said, “We remain focused on developing, retaining, and rewarding the best talent in the industry, and enhancing their effectiveness by bringing them back to office to foster our culture.”
“Our Return to Office initiative is picking pace, with 55% of the workforce already in office thrice a week”, he added.
Return to office (RTO) is a coordinated plan to safely bring back employees to the workplace. Companies are updating their policies to lure employees back to the workplace and Work from the Office (WFO). However, few companies are keeping the work-from-home option open.
IT and Tech major companies including Accenture, IBM, Google, and Infosys, etc. are calling their employees back to the office and trying to have them work at least 2-3 days from the office.
On the other hand, The founder and CEO of Australian software company Atlassian, Scott Farquhar doesn’t mandate its employees to Return to Office.
“Next, you could walk out of your room and quickly grab a delicious breakfast or get a workout in before work starts. The employees can enjoy a “quiet evening on top of the rooftop deck” after their work day ends”, it added.
Cognizant has also not mandated its employees to return to the office any time soon.
“We did express that social capital is important as we have freshers in the mix who will need hand-holding. It won’t be impactful if the managers don’t come to work. We will have a more natural progression of return-to-work,” Cognizant CEO Ravi Kumar S said during an earnings call on Thursday.
“Our flexible return to work is actually helping us get in more women to work as opposed to affecting them,” CEO Ravi Kumar added.