Cognizant wants ‘phased returns’ to offices

One of the IT giants of the country, Cognizant wants ‘phased returns’ to offices. Cognizant wants all of its employees of Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad to return to offices in a measured way based on the business criticality

Cognizant wants 'phased returns' to offices

The company wants its employees who need office infrastructure to work with and are working on confidential projects, to come back to offices. The company is also in talks with local authorities about opening the office buildings.

As all of its employees continue to work from home, the company is closely monitoring the situation of this lockdown. A note was sent to its Chennai employees that states that the offices will reopen in the coming weeks.

The company also says that employees whose work cannot be done from home are to start working early to the offices. Also, employees working on confidential projects and dependence on office network also has to return early to the offices

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Recently, Wipro also started asking its employees to come to offices. As of now, around 10% of its workforce are working from offices. Similar to Wipro, Infosys also did the same thing.

Around 15% of Infosys workforce are working from offices. 5% of the TCS workforce are also asked to work from offices in the upcoming quarter.

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Indian IT companies open up lateral hiring

TCS, Infosys, HCL, Tech Mahindra, and several other Indian IT companies open up lateral hiring. This is mainly due to many people walking out of the door due to the corona pandemic

Indian IT companies open up lateral hiring

At the end of last quarter, in March, almost every suspends the hiring. Despite the assertions, the companies are in the idea of bringing lateral hires.

The one major reason for this reduction in the strength of the employee count. The rate of attrition is the speed about which the employees are exiting the company. It is indirectly proportional to the ability to retain the employees

Freshers who are onboarded before the lockdown are still being accepted by these companies. Although, the companies are preferring experienced employees to freshers

Almost all these companies never stopped hiring lateral hires. Based on the demand these companies are looking to fill the gaps with these laterals. These companies believe that the attrition rate will continue in the next quarter as well.

TCS did not fill all the opening positions with new hires. Around 4500 positions are filled by the existing employees by upskilling, cross-skilling. This led to an increase in learning at the company to a total of 25%

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These companies are also looking to bring new initiatives to their staff. One such example is that the companies are increasing the variable pay per employee for 2020-2021

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