In a significant development, the HR Head of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Milind Lakkad recently revealed that over half of the company’s employees have resumed working in the office three days a week. This move marks a major shift as TCS, one of the largest IT services firms globally, adapts to the changing landscape of work amidst the ongoing pandemic. The Indian IT giant’s Chief HR stated in the earnings release that the company’s ‘return to office‘ initiative has picked up pace, with 53 percent of the workforce already coming in to work physically thrice a week.
We remain focused on developing, retaining, and rewarding the best talent in the industry, and enhancing their effectiveness by bringing them back to the office to foster our culture, Our ‘return to office’ initiative is picking pace, with 55 percent of the workforce already in the office thrice a week.
In a conversation with Moneycontrol in June, Lakkad refrained from providing an exact figure regarding the number of women who resigned over the past year but described the trend as “unusual.” He indicated that the return-to-office policy may have contributed to a higher rate of resignations among women during the previous fiscal year.
He added that TCS employees logged 12.7 million learning hours in upskilling themselves during the quarter in market relevant skills like generative AI, cloud, data and analytics. The company initiated the return to office goal later in January 2023. Additionally in the April-June quarter, TCS saw a net addition of 523 employees in the April to June 2023 quarter, taking the total headcount to 615,318.
The return to office work three days a week brings several advantages for TCS employees. Firstly, it allows for increased face-to-face collaboration and real-time interaction, fostering better teamwork and creativity. Additionally, the office environment provides employees with a dedicated workspace, reducing distractions and enhancing focus. TCS places a high priority on the health and safety of its employees. As part of the return-to-office strategy, the company has implemented strict health protocols to ensure a safe working environment. These measures include regular sanitization, social distancing norms, and mandatory mask-wearing.