No More WFH For TCS Employees; 25,000 Hired During Pandemic Quit Before Getting ID Cards

TCS work from home is officially going to end by November 15 this year, as per several media reports. The company has requested its employees to join offices by that date, aiming to make more staff work from their deputed locations.

TCS to end WFH culture 

Tech giant Tata Consultancy Services has ended its work-from-home rule as Covid-19 cases in India have reduced and the economic activities in the country are almost going on at full swing. After over two years of TCS work from home, the company will formally stop allowing employees to work from home starting on November 15. To encourage more workers to work from their assigned locations, the corporation has requested its employees to report to offices by that date.


After summoning back workers, TCS wants to apply its 25×25 model, under which it would only let a maximum of 25% of the company’s employees work from an office at any given time and a maximum of 25% of their time must be spent there.

Currently, around 20 to 25 percent of employees are working from TCS offices across India. “On an immediate basis, we will continue to drive the return-to-office model because the 25/25 plan needs to be executed in a more controlled manner,” said Rajesh Gopinathan, chief executive officer and managing director, TCS, as quoted by Business Standard.

Previously, TCS had also set up hot desks and occasional operating zones (OOZs) to facilitate a hybrid model as elegant work seats worldwide, which allow its associates to work and engage with fellow team members from any TCS office. TCS had also explained 3Es (Enable, Embrace and Empower) in a letter to its employees back in July.


Shocking numbers

Emphasizing the need for employees to return to the office, TCS chief operating officer (COO) N Ganapathy Subramaniam while speaking to Business Today said, “We hired about 100,000 people last year. About 25,000 of them joined TCS remotely without even taking their ID cards or seeing a TCS office and also have chosen to leave this year for another job. When I look at that I feel sad. I’m sure that had they been in face-to-face interaction, they would have valued TCS a lot better than working remotely because in their mind they are seeing somebody on the screen.”

However, lauding employees’ efforts during WFH, the TCS boss said, “There were times when 99 to 100 percent of employees were working remotely. I met somebody at the airport lounge about 6-7 months and the person asked how do you make a $1 billion profit in this quarter without anybody coming to work. You feel very positive about it and you have to give it to them (employees).

The company has also allowed a 5-8 percent salary hike to its employees after the firm recorded a high attrition rate of 19.7 percent during the first quarter of the current financial year.


Announcing that TCS salary has been boosted up to 8 percent, the company’s chief HR office Milind Lakkad said, “Following our annual compensation review, employees received salary increases of 5 to 8 percent, with top performers getting even bigger hikes. Our empowering, performance-driven work culture is helping us attract local talent across all our key markets.”