Work From Home Officially Ends At TCS, Tata Motors, RPG Group | Atleast 20% Workforce Working From Office
It has been a little over 2 years, that the post covid virus hit world, is working remotely. Adjusting to the WFH setting was already difficult and challenging, but now the working populace seems to have taken a liking to it.
It is now that companies are calling back their employees to resume work from office and work life seems to return to the pre covid era.
Moving past the challenges posed by the Great Resignation and the Great Retirement, companies are leading the way to the Great Return. Leading the pack in the industry, is IT.
Corporates like RPG Group, TCS, Mahindra Group are few of many who are now wishing for their employees to drop the pajamas and wear the good old formals.
Let’s peep into what each of them are planning:
Harsh Goenka, Chairman of RPG Group asked his employees to work from office for at least some days of the week.
Speaking of WFH as not a viable option, he spoke about fostering the spirit and mission of the organization. He spoke of the organization, the culture, the creativity, the camaraderie, the water cooler talk.
Currently, half of the employees of the group are working from home.
This callback to office comes amid several startups including Meesho, Swiggy have given their employees an option to work from anywhere.
Speaking of IT Services, the industry is of the opinion that they have accepted hybrid as the new normal. They say that the demand to work from office depends on whether client wants it or not. However, for them the priority is to return to the office and to the work sites.
Currently, 20 per cent employees are back at work at TCS. Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO & MD of TCS said that “On an immediate basis, we will continue to drive the return-to-office model because the 25/25 plan needs to be executed in a more controlled manner”.
The pathway to permanent hybrid environment goes through first getting back to a normal working environment. He said that currently 20% are already working from office and the same number should increase with time.
Saurabh Govil, president and chief human resource officer (CHRO) said that “We have slowly witnessed a trend where clients are insisting employees be at work. We feel it is important to stay connected, as well as provide flexibility to employees”. However the firm is not forcing anyone to come to the office.
The IT services arm of RPG Group, has asked employees to return to office for a few days in a week. As of today, around 20% employees are working from office locations.
Vivek Ranjan, senior vice-president and CHRO, Zensar Technologies said that to ensure they are able to connect with their managers, peers, and colleagues, the company is encouraging the associates to work from the office. In addition to this, the company is also providing a flexible option of two/three days a week at the moment.
He added that the company is currently focusing on the hybrid model and said that “This will evolve as we slowly get ready to welcome an increasing number of people back to the office. Our hybrid policy will be based on feedback from our employees, customer requirements, regulatory environment, and other factors”.
Tata Motors employs two kinds : one working at factories, other from their systems. Now those who are at the factories are coming daily. But 45 per cent of those who are working from their systems are being called back to the office twice a week.
The Tata group flagship firm had transitioned to a hybrid work model towards the end of the first wave of the pandemic and is now satisfied with the results it has yielded thus far.
Ravindra G P, CHRO said that the overall performance as a company gives the firm the confidence that the hybrid model is working well for them. The primary focus is on delivery and not the number of person hours clocked in a cubicle.
He said that the company chose hybrid over other models as said that “it is important to remain connected. We are a growing company. Since remote working was not a solution for everybody, we went with hybrid. That has helped”.
This adoption of hybrid has not only resulted in less attrition, but also it has helped the company to attract a younger workforce. He said that “There are prospective candidates asking if they can work from cities they are domiciled in. Only specialised roles like analytics and embedded software allow that ‘luxury’. We have lost candidates due to this”.
As per the internal circular issued on July 31, Anand Mahindra-led Mahindra Group has made it a point that the employees are to return to office on all working days of the week starting this month.