Goldman and Capg in no rush to get back to offices

Bangalore: Tech companies are preparing their workplaces and employees to return to the office. They will do so in a phased manner and with new guidelines established. Goldman Sachs, which has 6,000 employees at its Bengaluru facility, said some of its security measures include thermal detection, the provision of masks, and 9-foot social distancing at the workplace.

Gunjan Samtani, head of Goldman Sachs Services in India, said the government recommends 6-foot social distancing, but the firm is being conservative and providing more. Other measures include less than 50% occupancy on company-provided transportation, packaged meals for all employees working in the office, as our cafeteria will not be operational, there will be no face-to-face meetings and only virtual/phone interactions . Our health center will actively connect with all staff to review risk factors and minimize exposure to the disease as much as possible, ”he said. Sources close to the company told TOI that the company has even given employees working in critical functions a $ 300 allowance to strengthen their home's internet infrastructure.

Last week, Wipro President Rishad Premji tweeted that 120 of his employees in Kochi returned to work and were following social distancing measures, including hand sanitizer with foot pedal, sensor taps, and signs inside the elevator for social distancing.

Hexaware CEO R Srikrishna said they will operate with 50% staff in the office until a vaccine is found. Sudhir Tiwari and Sameer Soman, managing directors of ThoughtWorks in India, said that all their projects are well equipped to work from home, so we do not anticipate that these (those who return to the office) are more than 5% of the strength of the office (initially). Over a period of time, they plan to increase it to 25%.

Venkat Neelakantan, vice president of Capgemini, said 95% of their clients' billable staff are working from home now, and that they do not plan to have more than 10% of employees in office initially when the closure is lifted. Over the next 3-4 weeks, they plan to increase it to 30%. We will slowly increase this number based on the guidelines and whether employees need to be in charge, he said. Capgemini has 1.2 lakh employees in India.

Microsoft and JPMorgan said they are monitoring the situation and will take action based on government guidelines and what is best for the well-being of their employees.