Wipro Chairman Rishad Premji& |  Photo Credit: PTI
- Wipro in July had said that 55% of its 2 lakh employees in India were vaccinated
- Wipro’s chief human resources officer Saurabh Govil had earlier said company plans to bring its employees back to office by September
- Earlier this month, IT services major TCS had said it will bring back 70-80% of its workforce back to office by 2021-end or early 2022
Bengaluru: As the Covid-19 pandemic recedes, more companies are calling their employees back to the office. Wipro on Sunday said its employees will begin coming back to offices from Monday after a hiatus of 18 months. Fully-vaccinated Wipro workers will be allowed to attend offices only two days in a week.
Wipro Chairman Rishad Premji made the announcement on Twitter, saying, “After 18 long months, our leaders @Wipro are coming back to the office starting tomorrow (twice a week). All fully vaccinated, all ready to go – safely and socially distanced! We will watch this closely”.
The Wipro Chairman also shared a video showing Covid-19 safety protocols such as temperature checks and QR code scans being observed as employees return to the office.
In the company’s annual report, Premji had emphasised the company’s business continuity plans as it enabled its entire workforce to quickly adapt to work from home as the pandemic broke out. Less than 3% of its workforce worked from the office during the pandemic.
Premji had said, “We have settled well into this new way of working and have continued to make our customers successful. We enjoy their confidence, and I have no doubt that a hybrid model may well be how we work in the future”.
At the company’s 75th annual general meeting on July 14, Premji had said that close to 55% of Indian employees have been vaccinated. Wipro has 2 lakh employees in India.
During an earnings call on July 15, Saurabh Govil, chief human resources officer, Wipro, said the company hoped to bring its employees back to office starting September 2021. “This will vary between countries and different stages of the pandemic. This will not be one size fits all,” he said then.
Earlier, IT services major TCS said it plans to 70-80% of its over 5-million employees back to offices by calendar year 2021-end or early next year.
Most corporates are expected to adopt a hybrid model of work —which entails allowing employees to attend offices only a few days every week and work remotely on other days. This is expected to have huge advantages and increase the participation of the population from Tier-II and Tier-III cities in the workforce.