September 13, 2021 11:28 AM
Wipro Chairman Rishad Premji on Sunday said the company’s “leaders” will start returning to office from Monday. “After 18 long months, our leaders @Wipro are coming back to office, starting Monday (twice a week). India Inc gets to work as it starts designing return to office toolkit, All fully vaccinated, all ready to go — safely and socially distanced,” Premji said in a tweet.
A year and a half into the pandemic, India Inc is taking tentative steps to bring employees back to office. But it is being done slowly, and on a voluntary basis, with many saying they will take a call on the matter only at the end of the year.
Social media giant Facebook is preparing for a staggered opening up of its offices in India from next month. In the US, though, the company will decide whether or not to open offices only in January next year. India Inc gets to work as it starts designing return to office toolkit, “We are currently on a mandatory work-from-home. But starting October, we will allow 25 per cent of employees to return to the Gurugram office,” says a spokesperson for the company.
Cab aggregator Uber India has planned a hybrid work strategy from January 10 next year. “We are asking those working in offices to spend at least 50 per cent of their time there every month. Our employees can work from their preferred location, choosing from a list of dedicated hubs,” says a spokesperson.
Executives at South Korean electronics giant, Samsung, say they have increased the cap on employees in their large corporate offices from 10 per cent when the lockdown was lifted, to 33 per cent. To ensure safety, rosters of staff are made two weeks in advance, and they can come to office only after undergoing an antigen test each time.