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Wipro tells employees to return to office next year


Bengaluru: Wipro has asked its employees in India and the United States to work from home till January 18, as the Covid-19 pandemic remains unabated in these countries, where nine out of its ten workers are based.

The Bengaluru-based IT services provider wrote to employees about the extension of WFH and said other guidelines for those who need to go to office remain unchanged until January next year.

Wipro said it would take decisions on WFH for other countries depending on the situation.

“During these trying times, our paramount focus remains the safety and wellbeing of our employees. The virus has impacted some countries more than others,” chief operating officer Bhanumurthy B and chief human resources officer Saurabh Govil wrote in an email to employees.

ET has reviewed a copy of the email.

“Given the current situation, we have decided to extend work from home for employees in India and in the US until January 18, 2021. We will take a decision on other countries depending on the pandemic situation, local guidelines and customer requirements,” Bhanumurthy and Govil said in the email.

Wipro employs more than 185,000 people, with most of them working in its centres spread across India.

Indian IT services firms such as Wipro, Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, HCL Tech and others have asked more than 90% of their employees to work from home since the nationwide lockdown began in end-March.

While most of these firms said they had seen higher productivity, some said it was lowered after four months in some specific areas.

Wipro said it has approval for allowing employees to work from home from a majority of its clients.

The technology services company told its employees that “all support and non-billable employees, including those who are currently not engaged in any projects, are advised to work from home after consulting their respective managers.”

“Our paramount focus is on the safety and wellbeing of our employees. As of now, nearly 98% of our employees are working from home. Majority of our employees are engaged in projects where we have customer approvals in place to work from home,” a Wipro spokesperson said in response to ET’s queries.

Wipro Chairman Rishad Premji had said in a virtual event in September that the lockdown prompted many organisations to shift to a new model wherein more than 90% of their employees were delivering services remotely and new deals were also finalised virtually.

“The model (of working) will not be back to its earlier form and shape. I do not think everybody will come back to office,” Premji had said.





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