Cases are falling, vaccinations are rising, the pandemic is becoming an endemic and now the economy, businesses are back to normal, the economy is recovering and businesses are back on track. The world is seeing a semblance of normalcy after the deadly second wave of Covid-19 infection, and now that they are adopting the hybrid work model, companies around the world are preparing to call their employees back to the office.

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, mentioned the “hybrid workplace” in an email to employees on May 5, 2021. In the mail itself, he added that it was a model where around 60 percent of employees would come together in the office a few days a week, another 20 percent would work in new locations, and the remaining 20 percent would work from home .

These headlines sparked the discussion about the new normal that would replace the traditional working model not just at Google but around the world. The model has now become a buzzword in corporate language in India as well. The hybrid model became famous after this pandemic made it necessary to work from home. This model involves working partly from home and partly from the office, that is, going to the office a few days a week and working from home a few days a week.

Leading the way in realigning their work strategy, big tech giants like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Wipro and Marico are giving new life to this innovative hybrid model. India’s largest IT outsourcing company, TCS, has made it clear in the past that the company plans to call back 90 percent of its employees by the end of this year or early 2022, according to which 25 percent of the total workforce will work from home by 2025. The company’s top executives also ensured the full safety of its employees, who will all be returning to work from the office. In the league of companies, working from home is quitting Wipro, which also made public its intention to adopt the hybrid model and recall employees.

In addition to TCS, Wipro, Marico Limited, one of India’s leading FMCG companies, has announced that it will implement the hybrid working model for all employees from tomorrow. Several Indian companies offer hybrid work models that help companies cut rental and electricity costs and save employees commuting time. As part of the new “Ways of Work” design, Marico will offer employees more flexibility so that the majority of employees can work from the office with less frequency. The endeavor is to offer a work model where employees take advantage of working from home as well as the office to better cope with work and family needs while fulfilling business obligations, a statement from the Company. Many companies are now pursuing a hot desking strategy, in which employees can sit anywhere in the office.

However, senior administrative officials spoke in various media interactions about the system, which was put in place to keep its employees safe. With epidemiologists and health experts warning of the possibility of a third wave, one has to wait and see how this innovative hybrid working model develops in the coming period.

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