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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Here’s why TCS and Infosys have a different view on the issue of work from home – Times Now

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Key Highlights

  • Infosys chairman and CEO believe working from office helps build social capital
  • TCS said 75% of employees will work from home by 2025

New Delhi: Software majors TCS and Infosys seem to be on the opposite side of the work from home debate, with the former in favour of a significant push while the latter believes that working from office plays a crucial role in building social capital. 

In interviews with ET NOW over the last two months, at least two co-founders of Infosys and its current CEO spoke in favour of employees spending time in office over the long run in addition to working from home. 

While NR Narayana Murthy said that work from home will not work in the absence of productivity standards, current chairman Nandan Nilekani and CEO Salil Parekh said working in an office helps foster creativity and networking. 

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“We were able to work remotely because of the social capital that various teams have built from years of working together in the office. They know and trust each other. While it is important to continue working from home till there is a medical breakthrough, once things are better we should look at rebuilding social capital. Underestimating the value of that will cause problems for companies,” Salil Parekh told ET NOW in an interview. 

At the same time, Nilekani told ET NOW earlier this week that while a certain per cent will continue to work from home, everybody should come to office at least some of the time. “It helps build social capital, serendipity, gossip and creative ideas.”

TCS recently said that only 25% of its employees will need to work from its facilities by 2025 and that every employee can work without spending more than 25% of their time in a TCS office. Post the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, Indian IT companies got millions of software employees working from home.



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