The Covid-19 lockdown was a nightmare for India’s nearly $200 billion IT services industry, which was far from prepared to shift to a work-from-home model overnight. But now, even though the government has allowed firms in some areas to partially reopen offices, the sector is in no rush to return to the workplace.
“Most companies will take time to reopen, undertake sanitisation exercises and ensure contactless transportation for their people,” said Sangeeta Gupta, senior vice-president at industry body Nasscom. Gupta has been in touch with IT companies to work out procedures for bringing employees back to offices.
To ensure people’s safety, Nasscom has put together a set of recommendations (pdf) to be followed by all its members. Independently, IT firms are following extensive procedures of their own as they prepare to get more staff to work from offices.