Wipro Chairman Rishad Premji on Sunday said its leaders will start returning to the office from Monday after 18 months of labor from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “After 18 long months, our leaders @Wipro are returning to the office starting tomorrow (twice a week). All fully vaccinated, all able to go – safely and socially distanced,” Premji said during a tweet.
He also shared a video about the COVID-19-related safety protocols, including temperature checks and QR code scans, that are put in situ at the Wipro office.
Premji, during the company’s 75th annual general meeting on July 14, had said about 55 percent of its employees in India are vaccinated. Wipro has about two lakh employees currently.
In the company’s annual report, Premji had stated that the corporate had triggered its business continuity plans to quickly enable remote working because the pandemic broke out, and fewer than three percent of its global workforce was performing from office.
“We have settled well into this new way of working and have continued to form our customers successful. We enjoy their confidence, and that I haven’t any doubt that a hybrid model could be how we add the longer term,” he had said.
Industry watchers believe that a hybrid model of labor – bringing in staff into the office for a couple of days every week while allowing them to figure remotely on other days – will have a huge comparative advantage.
It will pave the way for a more inclusive workforce enabling job creation in tier-III and -IV locations and greater participation of girls within the workforce as they’re going to have the flexibility to figure from home, consistent with them.