Wipro mandates partial return to office
Wipro, India’s fourth-largest IT services provider, is implementing a mandatory hybrid work policy, requiring all employees to work from the office at least three days a week starting 15 November 2023.
The policy change comes amidst a broader trend of Indian IT organisations calling employees back to the office, driven by a desire to foster collaboration and innovation. Tata Consultancy Services has already mandated a full five-day workweek, while Infosys has instructed its lower-level employees to be in the office at least 10 days a month.
Wipro’s decision to enforce a hybrid work model reflects the organisation’s belief in the benefits of in-person interactions while also acknowledging the positive aspects of working from home.
“Since May 2023, we have been encouraging our employees to work from the office three times a week. Currently, 55% of our employees are coming to the office three days a week,” a spokesperson from Wipro said to BQ Prime. “Recognising the immense benefits of in-person collaboration and innovation, we are now taking the next step in our workplace policy evolution and requiring all employees to work from the office three days a week, effective 15 November 2023.”
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This shift towards hybrid work coincides with a slowdown in India’s IT services industry. Headcount among top-tier IT organisations has declined, with net additions falling by nearly 40% in the current fiscal year. However, attrition rates have eased to pre-pandemic levels, and utilisation levels have improved as employees return to the office.