HCLTech is encouraging its employees to be in the office for at least three days a week, mirroring Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in a notable shift away from the widespread remote work trend during the COVID-19 pandemic.
C Vijayakumar, CEO and managing director, HCLTech, stressed the significance of not working remotely all the time. While recognising the importance of flexibility, he expressed that the company anticipates employees spending a significant part of their workweek in the office. This shift is in line with the broader trend in the IT industry towards returning to office-based work arrangements.
Vijayakumar also shared information about HCLTech’s activities in Israel. The company has around 130 employees in Israel, mostly working on software-related tasks. He emphasised that despite the ongoing conflict in the area, all Israeli employees are safe, and the company is keeping a close eye on the situation. HCLTech’s presence in Israel is mainly for software development.
Tata Consultancy Services is at the forefront of the IT industry’s return to office trend, directing its 6,14,000 employees to work from the office full-time starting 1 October 2023, effectively ending the work-from-home and hybrid work arrangements that emerged during the pandemic. About 70 per cent of TCS employees are already back in the office.