Although the situation of Kovid-19 in the country is under control, but companies India plan to continue Work From Home (WFH) in the long term, with physical offices. Most information technology (IT) companies, including TCSInfosys and HCL Tech, say they are picking it up hybrid model of doing. Recently, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) informed the employees about the 3E (Enable, Embrace and Empower) of its hybrid model.
Globally, Apple CEO Tim Cook has also said that his company is trying to find a middle ground between working remotely and from office. Mental health has become a lot more important in the last few years… it’s not just because of the pandemic, but a plethora of things going on besides the pandemic. I think the employer will play more role in this. Earlier many people focused on physical health, now you have to focus on total,” Cook said in an event for Time magazine.
TCS tells employees about ‘3E’ of hybrid model
embrace: The company told its employees that work from home involves many other environmental distractions, including housework, schooling for children and caring for pets. With no clear separation or boundary between work and home, it is very possible to switch to “always online” mode. It requires some creative thinking and a preference to ‘live holistically’ over ‘eat-work-sleep’.
enable: TCS said that while an individual may be ready to embrace, the equally important question to ask is whether our organization is ready to enable the right ecosystem to ‘work from anywhere’. Is? Organizations need to do much more than just lip service, marketing talks, press releases – they need to focus and enable the right conditions and environments to facilitate remote work.
to empower: There is a need to empower both organizations and individuals in new ways to work from anywhere. Individual and organizational contexts need to be combined with socio-technical solutions. Individuals, teams and management have specific and conflicting needs and challenges that need to be considered.
On its website, TCS also said that evidence of this comes from a Gartner survey of chief financial officers (CFOs) who were fully implementing lockdown measures around the world. Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of the 300 CFOs surveyed said they plan to move at least 5 percent of their on-site workforce to permanent remote working after the pandemic.
Infosys long-term work from home plan
Infosys has a three-stage plan when it comes to work from home. In the first phase, the company is encouraging employees who are at their home locations where DCs (development centers) are located or in suburban cities close to DC, to come to the office twice a week.
In the second phase, its chief financial officer Nilanjan Roy said the company would encourage people from outside DC cities to start preparing over the next few months so that they can return to their Aadhaar development centres. “In the long term, we are seeing a hybrid model at work based on customers, regulatory environment and many other considerations,” Roy said.
HCL Tech plans for hybrid model
Tech major HCL Technologies too continues with the hybrid mode for now. An HCL spokesperson said that one of the top priorities of the company is the safety and well-being of its employees and their families. “We are also committed to keep our business as normal as possible, thereby ensuring uninterrupted services to our customers. At present, we are monitoring the situation and continue to work in the hybrid model,” the spokesperson has said.