The rising number of Omicron Covid-19 cases in India has pushed India Inc to choose remote working model once again in this new year. Several companies across the country have started work from home model. From information technology major Cognizant to major e-commerce players Amazon and Flipkart have requested employees to readopt work from home. Most of the IT firms including Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) had earlier decided to open offices with 50-70 per cent work force from January. However, highly transmissible nature of new Covid-19 variant Omicron have put that plan for hold for now. The authorities implemented hybrid working model in various states, including national capital.
In its revised guidelines, Delhi District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on January 11 said that all private offices will be closed, effective immediately, barring a few. Companies involved in essential services would be allowed to operate offices. Rest will be shifted to remote working facility to prevent the virus spread.
TCS, Infosys, HCL to Continue Remote Working Model
Priortising the health and safety of employees and contractors, Cognizant said it would continue work from model. The health and safety of our employees and contractors, families, our clients and our communities remain our priority,” company said. IT behemoth aimed at opening offices in April monitoring the situation.
HCL Technologies mentioned earlier mentioned that it would continue to monitor the emegence and impact of Covid-19 variants before calling people back to office. The Noida-headquartered company would also want to continue hybrid working model until the situation improves.
Keeping in mind the changing Covid-19 situation in the country, Infosys was also taking cautious approach for reopening the offices. “We expect to operate in hybrid mode for most of the coming year,” said Richard Lobo, executive vice-president and HR head at Infosys to the the Economic Times. “We expect to operate in hybrid mode for most of the coming year. If the situation stays stable, infection rates are low and vaccination is higher, Infosys will probably have a larger percentage of its workforce returning,” he further added…Read more>>