With the improving COVID-19 situation in the country, major tech giants are switching to a hybrid work model, which allows employees to work remotely and in the office. Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) has now introduced a 25*25 model and a hot desk for the comfortability of its employees..
Hybrid work model
Reacting to a question on its work from home status, the IT giant stated, “We will be bringing our employees back to offices in the coming months. We are already starting to facilitate our associates to return to their respective offices. Senior management level executives have started working from offices regularly. Our offices around the world are following all social distancing and COVID-19 protocols, enforced around the beginning of the pandemic, and are extremely safe for employees to work out of.”
What is TCS’ 25×25 Model?
The 25/25 model seeks to bring people back to the office and slowly transition into the hybrid work model. Under the model, by 2025, no more than 25 percent of the company’s employees will need to work from the office at any given point, and an employee will not need to spend more than 25 percent of their time in the office.
According to the company, the ’25/25′ model is an important design element and will take a couple of years to mature.
“Hybrid models of work are here to stay. In the new ‘Future Of Work’, both the physical office and remote working will play an essential role. Ultimately, everybody will have to come to the office for a period and at the same time, they will have the flexibility to work from home. In the end, whatever we do, it will be fully taking into care, employees’ safety, health, and well-being”, the company stated.
TCS is slowly shifting to an agile model by making infrastructure changes and embracing digital infrastructure. It has set up over agile work seats worldwide, which allow its associates to work and engage with fellow team members from any TCS office.
“Our agile workspace is intelligent, automated, and cloud-based digital infrastructure that is flexible to accommodate evolving safety policies and regulations, resilient to the onslaught of cyberattacks, and supports work-from-anywhere operating models.”
Occasional Operating Zones (OOZ)
Also, the company has introduced occasional operating zones (OOZ) and hot desks. “These OOZs allow our associates to plug in their system in any office around the country and get connected to the global workforce immediately. The last two years have been a radical disruption in the way we think, live, and function.”
TCS said there is excitement around coming back to the workplace, people want to meet their colleagues. This hybrid model enables greater flexibility for employees and therefore seems to be a welcome change in the industry.
Other major IT firms Infosys, Cognizant, and HCL Tech are also adopting the hybrid model of working and are planning employees’ phased return to the office.
“We also remain deeply committed to maintaining our business normality, thereby providing uninterrupted services to our clients. At present, we are monitoring the situation and continue to operate in a hybrid model,” an HCL spokesperson said.