New Delhi: Wipro, India’s fourth-largest IT services provider, is mandating that all its employees globally work from office at least thrice a week from this month, according to a company-wide email seen by Reuters on Tuesday (November 7). Companies have been reversing or modifying their “remote work” policies as COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions wound down for reasons including better communication and collaboration among workers.
Last week, Infosys, India’s No. 2 software services exporter, asked some employees to return to office 10 days a month, while industry leader TCS has asked employees to return to the office for five days a week. Wipro has been encouraging employees to work from office thrice a week since May and about 55% of the workforce are currently working from office at that frequency, a company spokesperson said. Wipro had 244,707 employees as of Sept. 30. The Bengaluru-based company confirmed the mandate will be effective Nov. 15, which was first reported by local media.
Starting Jan. 7 next year, consistent defaulters may face consequences, according to the email dated Nov. 6. The email did not give details on the punitive actions and Wipro’s spokesperson did not comment when asked.
“As a global organization, we will continue customizing in-country adoption based on local legislation and agreements,” the email said. It said that in some European countries, it may be necessary to consult with employee representation groups.