Last year in March, Former Karnataka CM Yediyurappa had announced restrictions due to covid-19 just a week before the curfew announced by PM Narendra Modi. The IT sector adopted the work from home (WFH) policy that later became the norm among large corporations.
The remote work policy has helped reduce some of the traffic congestion in the cities. However, the fear of contracting the virus in public transport has forced several of Bengaluru’s residents to depend on the private vehicle that has added to the city’s challenges that include poor quality of roads, dipping air and water quality, and endless traffic jams.
The Karnataka state Department of IT and BT had requested most of the IT companies to continue their Work From Home policy, at least until December 2022, in the light of Bengaluru Metro authorities about to start the construction work on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) stretch, which houses some of these companies, and is dubbed one of the most significant IT corridors of Bengaluru.
Wipro’s decision could also open the doors for its peers to initiate the return of its employees to the offices.
“Wipro Ltd will adopt a flexible, hybrid approach in our return to office policy. Beginning September 13, fully vaccinated employees in leadership roles will return to work from offices in India twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays). We have extended work from home for all other employees until October 31, 2021,” the company said in a statement.
The company said that almost 70% of its employees had taken at least one dose of vaccine so far.
“The safety and health of employees remain our utmost priority. We have put in place several measures, including round-the-clock workplace sanitization, wearing masks at all times, and strict social distancing practices to ensure employee safety,” the company said in a statement on Sunday.
Bengaluru is home to several technology companies such as Infosys, Wipro, Intel, Accenture, and several other corporate giants in aerospace, biotechnology, and startups.