Upto 30% IT Employees Are Now Back To Office; 70-80% IT Firms Will Adopt Hybrid Work Model
The information technology sector has undergone massive reforms, just like any other sector, in the way it works due to the onset of Covid-19 pandemic.
With the Covid-19 curbs now eased and the number of active cases falling over the days, companies across the country are reopening offices and calling back employees to the pre-pandemic office life, however, with a little change.
Multiple reports have indicated that the earlier 9-to-5 desk life in IT offices are no longer the masses’ choice, as many things have now come into play since the pandemic has happened, wherein employees were forced to work from homes for over 2 years.
The whole concept of an ‘ideal workspace’ has changed in today’s terms.
Companies have devised a ‘hybrid’ work model, as per which employees are to report to the offices only 2-3 times a week, and the strength of the office space never touches 100% at a given time.
Such a work model allows employees to create work-life balance by going to the office and working from home.
According to Sangeeta Gupta, the senior VP of the industry body National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), “The number of employees back in the workplace vary from company to company, but the broad level estimation at the moment is 25% to 30%, although it is in a hybrid format”.
Over 80% IT companies are set to adopt this model in the upcoming months, rather than re-opening offices like the pre-pandemic times.
A good example comes from the country’s largest IT company TCS, which in 2020 announced its 25/25 plan, as per which only 25% employees will have to be in the office 25% of the time, meaning the offices will only need 25% of its total strength on any given day.
“Companies are putting in a lot more effort into redefining the importance of the workplace. From employee engagement activities to furthering social interactions, and collaborative meetings, there is a lot of effort going on in that avenue.
Why would you come to an office and work from your desk when you could do the same from home and what do you do differently when you are in the office? I think that is a question of focus for the industry,” Gupta further added.