Cos re-adopt WFH on Omicron
Chennai: The increase in Covid cases across the country and the highly transmissible nature of the Omicron variant have forced India Inc to rethink its hybrid working model. Companies have started telling employees to work from home (WFH) and play it safe.
Companies that had opened their doors to employees to come and work voluntarily from the offices since September-October last year are now asking them to return to FMH mode. Human resources representatives say all eyes are on state guidelines and restrictions around the current wave. With government departments reporting 50% attendance for its staff, the private sector is also putting aside plans to bring employees back to the office. asked employees to re-adopt the WFH. They plan to reassess the situation and decide on a working model. Senior executives and team leaders of large IT service companies who had voluntarily started working from their desks are back in their home offices. Most IT companies had decided to recruit nearly 70% of the staff as of January, and those plans are now uncertain.
Cognizant said he plans to return to duty in April, given the uncertain trajectory of the Omicron variant and global epidemics. “Until then, travel and work in the office will remain limited. The health and safety of our employees and contractors, their families, our customers and our communities remain our top priority, ”the company said in a statement.
“Flipkart has been flexible in its approach and created a hybrid model for all of our corporate employees, which combines campus and remote work options from December 2021. With the increase in cases, we have advised our employees not to come to the office for the next two weeks, ”said a spokesperson for Flipkart. An Amazon India spokesperson said the majority of the company’s employees are working from home at the moment. Amazon added that they are monitoring the situation closely and will take employee health and safety into account when making any decisions.
Most of the Global Captive Centers (GCCs) had developed global plans to welcome the teams to India back to the office on a scheduled basis starting this month. But they have now told employees such plans are canceled until further notice, and the WFH will continue, industry sources said.
US company BNY Mellon, which has operations in Mumbai, Chennai and Pune, said in a statement that it is considering advice from the medical community and will provide employees with at least 30 days’ notice of the eventual return date. . The company previously allowed vaccinated employees who wish to work from the office to do so, subject to local regulations. Most of the new age startups and digital businesses were largely remote, and while some employees had started to gather in offices for better morale, they are back in WFH mode.
Major Fintech Razorpay has been practicing a hybrid model since the Bangalore, Mumbai and Gurgaon offices reopened in 2021 and few employees came of their own accord. “But as we see an increase in Covid cases, we are closing our offices in the interest of employee safety. Given the current scenario, we all work from home. We will continue to monitor the situation and take a call after January 15 to find out when the office can reopen, ”said a spokesperson for Razorpay.