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HyderabadOmicron pushes techies on the edge

Omicron pushes techies on the edge

Published: 4th Dec 2021 12:32 am

Hyderabad: Even as the scare surrounding the new Covid-19 variant Omicron grows, many IT employees are on tenterhooks about when will the return to office happen and if there is a possibility of postponing the work from office.

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Hyderabad IT employees who have been working from home for the past 19 months were being called back to offices since the start of November. Some companies had also issued official communication about calling employees back to offices from January or so. However, now with the new variant causing uneasiness among the masses, many techies are hoping that their company will postpone the return to office for a few more months.

“Our office had sent us an official communication about opening up the workplace from January 10 and they had mentioned it will be a hybrid model. This means we will have to work from office at least twice or thrice a week. However, with the new variant making its way into India, we are a little worried about going back to office. I am hoping that the office will take into consideration and maybe extend work from home for a few more months,” says a 30-year-old employee working for an American multinational company in Hyderabad.

While majority of the companies have issued communication regarding starting work from office by next month, not many are mandating their employees to come to the office immediately. Companies are looking at kickstarting the process but for them safety and health of employees will remain top priority. They are looking at calling employees on rotation basis and are also asking them book their seats in advance to avoid any inconvenience.

“We were told that our office is now open for employees to come but it is the employee’s personal choice when they want to go to the office. We have been told to book seats in advance and show our vaccination certificate every day when we come to office. In addition, only 20 per cent of the workforce will be present in the office at any given point of time,” says K Suman, working for another technology company.

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