New Delhi: “While the push for employees to return to the office faces resistance, TCS employees grapple with a unique dilemma: limited desk space and job role confusion. Over the past two years, TCS has hired a whopping 100,000 new employees, bringing their total workforce to over 600,000. This surge in headcount is a key factor contributing to the office space shortage.
Compounding the issue, TCS has eliminated what they referred to as “occasional occupancy zones (OOZs),” which provided plug-and-play workspaces for temporary seating at their offices. With these spaces no longer available, some employees have resorted to working in hallways and lobbies, which can be highly inconvenient, especially given the extended working hours.
TCS is urging employees to return to the office for a full five-day workweek, signalling the end of remote work for certain teams. The situation is further complicated by the directive for employees to work from their designated offices rather than those closer to their homes. According to a source from TCS’s HR team, this decision aims to streamline the return-to-office process and create a level playing field for all employees. “Confusion arose because some offices were stretched thin, while others had an excess of resources,” the source explained.
Some TCS employees have reported that their team managers warned them of potential reductions in their city subsidies if they didn’t comply with the office assignment. TCS employees in tier-1 locations receive municipal subsidies ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 per month. However, some employees are willing to forfeit this allowance in exchange for greater flexibility.”
Maharashtra Labor Ministry takes action against TCS:
The Maharashtra Ministry of Labor and Employment is making headlines as it serves a notice to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). What’s the fuss all about? Well, the Nascent Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES) raised a complaint over TCS’s tardiness in onboarding lateral recruits.
This notice demands a face-to-face meeting between four high-ranking TCS executives and department officials. But here’s the kicker: NITES is calling for full backpay to affected employees for those long, drawn-out months of waiting and insists on granting them access to TCS’s employee assistance program.
Intriguingly, TCS has recently declared a slowdown in its hiring efforts, reporting a decrease in its workforce and lower employee turnover rates.