Well, apart from the looming Ukraine-Russia war, one thing that is hotly being debated is the future of work around the world. Closer home, a survey by Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association (HYSEA) on the return to office plans of IT firms for 2022 shows that nearly two-thirds of the 68 respondents want all employees back in the office but in a hybrid model.
To put it simply, the firms certainly want their workforce to return to offices and get unused to the work from home model on one hand, and on the other, they want to continue with the WFH option for some days of the week, at least at this point in time.
In what is being looked at as a positive indication, more than 56% of offices are fully functional, and employees are being allowed to work from the office. However, 25% of the offices are open in a restricted way for critical resources, and 16% are yet to open, as per HYSEA findings.
The survey is surely a path indicator as SMEs, large and very large companies, based on headcount across IT services, products, as well as Indian and MNC companies, participated in it. In fact, the Telangana government has been requesting the IT companies to go fully operational as thousands of people who are dependent on the industry are getting adversely affected.
HYSEA president Bharai K Aroll says that the survey highlights the fact that employees can now return to office as 80% of the population is fully inoculated against COVID. However, they say the hybrid work model is here to stay at least for a while, as many parents want to return to work only after the schools are fully operational.
Employee morale, productivity, lack of collaboration, and bonding are among the reasons that IT firms want their employees back. Moonlighting or employees working on multiple jobs simultaneously was not a major issue for most companies that participated in the survey.