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No rush to return techies to campuses, say IT companies

As Covid-19 infections started to climb in March, the $147 billion Indian outsourcing industry moved to a work-from-home model for its over 4 million workers across the country

Source | hr.economictimes.indiatimes.com | Megha Mandavia | Anandi Chandrashekhar

BENGALURU | MUMBAI: IT services providers are treading cautiously over bringing employees back to offices, as India has yet to flatten the Covid-19 pandemic curve and workforce productivity has been either unaffected or rising in the last few months.

As Covid-19 infections started to climb in March, the $147 billion Indian outsourcing industry moved to a work-from-home model for its over 4 million workers across the country.

They took permissions from clients for the unprecedented move, shipped desktops and set up security protocols.

Now, it is in no hurry to go back to old ways.

Infosys is enabling a gradual return of employees to offices. Currently, only about 15% of its staff are working from offices across the country.

It is carefully monitoring various office locations and reopening only if the conditions are suitable.

“Considering there has been no loss of productivity with remote working, we want to ensure that return to office is not rushed, and takes into account all elements of employee safety and wellbeing as well as business deliverables,” said Richard Lobo, Executive Vice President, Head HR at Infosys.

Mid-tier IT firm Hexaware Technologies has no employee working from offices.

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