Software giant Infosys is implementing a new policy requiring employees in band 5 and 6, including mid-level managers, project leaders, and entry-level staff, to work from the office for at least ten days each month.
What Happened: The decision aligns with the company’s return-to-office (RTO) strategy and hybrid work model. In addition to the ten days, Infosys is introducing “In Person Collab” weeks, where all employees will be expected to work from the office, Economic Times reported, citing an internal email.
This move follows a trend in the IT industry, with other companies like Wipro, Capgemini, LTI Mindtree, and TCS encouraging employees to return to the office more frequently. For instance, TCS has informally asked its workforce to visit the office five days a week.
Why It Matters: As Infosys is India’s second-largest IT firm, this decision could impact the flexibility of working from home, which was initially introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The email from Infosys indicates that this requirement applies to “employees in India locations.”
The company’s email emphasised the significance of physical proximity and in-person collaboration for effective teamwork and occupational well-being. It also recognised the need to strike a balance between remote work flexibility and increased face-to-face interaction.
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This announcement comes at a challenging time for the IT industry, which is expected to experience its lowest growth year. Additionally, the industry is grappling with a substantial reduction in headcount, making talent retention a formidable challenge for companies.
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