Infosys is making a significant shift in its work policy by requiring lower-level employees to return to the office for a minimum of ten days each month. The move is part of Infosys's strategy to bolster its return-to-office (RTO) approach and embrace a hybrid work model.
In a communication examined by the Economic Times, a Vice President at Infosys has urged employees in specific job tiers, specifically those categorized under band 5 and 6. These tiers encompass mid-level managers, project leaders, and entry-level staff, to commit to at least ten days per month working from the office, starting from November 20, 2023. The email has also introduced the concept of "In Person Collaboration" weeks, during which all employees will be required to operate from the office.
This decision is in line with the current trend in the IT industry, with companies like Wipro, Capgemini, LTIMindtree, and TCS already encouraging their workforce to return to the office on a more regular basis. For instance, TCS has informally asked its employees to be physically present in the office five days a week.
Given that Infosys holds the position as the second-largest IT firm in India, this move may significantly impact the flexibility of remote work within the country's tech sector. This flexibility initially emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it remains uncertain whether this new directive applies to all verticals and divisions within the company, as the email specifically mentions its applicability to "employees in India locations."
Infosys stressed the importance of physical proximity and face-to-face collaboration in its communication, emphasising that these factors are critical for effective teamwork and employee well-being. The company also acknowledged the need to strike a balance between remote work flexibility and increased in-person interaction.
This announcement arrives at a challenging juncture for the IT industry, which is anticipated to face its slowest growth year to date. Furthermore, the industry grapples with a significant decline in its workforce, making talent retention a complex attempt for companies.
The decision to bring lower-level employees back to the office at Infosys reflects a broader trend in the IT industry towards a more hybrid work model, with companies aiming to find the right equilibrium between remote work and in-person collaboration.