IT Companies Struggle to get Employees back to the Office

Despite the pandemic-infused lookdown being long over and companies asking their employees to start working from offices, three in four employees working in Information Technology (IT) companies in India are not coming to the office even once a week, according to a survey conducted by CIEL HR.  

 CIEL surveyed 40 IT companies in India, including those among the top 10, employing a total of Transition to WFO has been difficult with most employees seeking work from home (WFH) or elsewhere, said Aditya Mishra, CEO, CIEL HR Services.

Many IT companies fear that forcing employees to return to the office might trigger mass resignations resulting in them having to change their return-to-office policies. 

“Demand for tech talent is high, adding to the attrition woes,” Mishra said. “As a result, companies are prepared for a long transition time and are not pushing the RTO agenda rigorously.”

Employees are given the option to choose the days they want to work from the office in many organizations. According to the survey, developers are offered maximum flexibility while those support functions, infrastructure management, architects, and senior managers are coming to the office almost daily. 

“At Tech Mahindra, we believe in ‘wellness before the business’ and our associates continue to have the flexibility to work from anywhere and we expect this trend of hybrid working to ramp up,” said global chief people officer Harshvendra Soin.

Companies working in hybrid mode are giving new recruits one to three months to relocate, allowing them to work from home until then, said Mishra.

 

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