For the city's IT employees, it is now back to the salt mines. They have been getting ready to switch back to the work from office culture, albeit reluctantly, which they had almost wiped off from their memory. Out of the six lakh employees working in more than 1,500 Hyderabad's IT and ITES companies, 40% of them who had moved out to different places in the country are now slowly returning to the capital as the pandemic is on the wane.
Top-most IT firms like Wipro, HCL Tech, Deloitte, Wipro, Infosys, TCS, and many others, have either ordered or are getting ready to ask their employees to say good-bye to work from home (WFH) and get back to the routine of working from the office. If we go by what the senior officials in the IT department say, about 20% of employees are working from the office currently, and the figure is improving gradually. The threat of Covid is on the wane now, and since a majority of the IT employees have at least been vaccinated once, the future of WFH looks bleak. The economy is up and running, and it is time for the employees to return to offices.
The government and the IT sector had remained equally worried during the two dreadful phases of the pandemic over its impact on the dependent informal sector, which had died of natural death almost.
As the graph of COVID19 has begun to nosedive, IT department officials have begun to breathe easy. They were more concerned about the informal and small businesses that had taken a disastrous beating owing to the 'working from home' culture of their employees.