TCS issues ‘final notice’ to employees continuing to work from home

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TCS issues 'final notice' to employees continuing to work from home

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Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a big IT company, has given a final warning to its employees who are still working from home instead of going to the office. Despite many requests to come back, some employees haven’t returned yet.

TCS wants them back at work starting from March, and they’ve set a deadline. If employees don’t follow this, they might face serious consequences. TCS’s Chief Operating Officer, NG Subramaniam, confirmed this information to the publication, highlighting concerns regarding work culture and security issues as primary considerations associated with remote work. He said that working from home can pose security risks like cyberattacks.

During the fiscal third quarter, Infosys, India’s second-largest IT firm, disclosed that one of its US units encountered a cyber security incident, leading to the unavailability of multiple applications. Similarly, in December, HCLTech reported a ransomware attack, although it claimed there was no discernible impact.

TCS wants to go back to how things were before the pandemic and move away from the mix of home and office work. They initially said some employees could work from home until 2025, but now they want everyone back at the office. Currently, about 65-70% of employees come to the office up to three days a week.

“We are very clear that we have to get our original culture back. Around 40,000 employees joined us online and quit online without any offline interaction during the pandemic and that kind of situation cannot be helpful to an organisation,” he added.

Company aims to return to its normal way of operating by the end of the current financial year, and having employees back at the office is a big part of that plan.

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