Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has scrapped its work-from-home policy and asked nearly 80 per cent of its employees to report to the office at least three days a week. The new hybrid model will be mandatory, according to TCS’ email to its employees, which also said that those in senior positions will have to work in the office five days a week.
“Senior TCS leaders have been working from TCS offices for some time and our clients are also visiting TCS offices. Your respective managers will now roster you to work from TCS office at least 3 days a week,” the email read as per NDTV. TCS warns employees against non-compliance. “Adherence to rostering is mandatory and will be tracked… any non-compliance will be taken seriously, and administrative measures may be implemented,” TCS said in the email.
The new mandate for employees is in line with the 25×25 model, which was announced by TCS CEO Rajesh Gopinathan back in May 2020. As per the plan, the company will bring 25 percent of its employees back to the office by 2025. The IT giant has not given a time frame to return to office, but employees are advised to get in touch with their managers and inquire about working arrangements from the office.
According to TCS, back-to-office calls will also be a good opportunity for freshers who joined the company during work from home. A TCS spokesperson told Moneycontrol that the roster for work from office will be based on project requirements and will include a mix of fresh and experienced employees.
The change in the working model of TCS comes at a time when the IT industry is grappling with the problem of moonlight. A hot topic right now, moonlighting means taking on a second job while having permanent and regular employment, usually covertly. Almost all IT companies including Infosys, TCS and Wipro have termed the moonlighting culture as immoral. Wipro had earlier this week fired around 300 employees engaged in secondary jobs.
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