Work-life balance just got a fillip in the city. In an unusual development, software giant Infosys recently circulated an official mail to all its employees in Pune laying down a change in its late-stay policy that also involved closure of both outdoor and indoor recreational facilities and changes in the drop timings of buses.
“In light of the changes in the late-stay policy, on campuses across Infosys, we wish to inform you that all recreational facilities shall be operational till 7.45 pm everyday,” the mail read. It added that similar changes would be effected for the weekend timings.
With around 30,000 employees, the sprawling campus of the company at Hinjewadi IT Park in is one of the biggest in the country. The change in timings is apparently only for the Pune campus, for now. With both IT and BPO segments sharing the campus, the culture of staying back had become a way of life with employees of both verticals. Also, the company had hourly buses from 6 pm-9 pm.
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The mail, which employees received in the last week of December, said the company had made changes in the late night working policy with immediate effect. It said no buses would be available after 8 pm and the indoor and outdoor facilities such as a football stadium, swimming pool, table-tennis halls, volleyball courts, gyms, lockers and salon and bank would be shut by 7.45 pm. Also, the bulk of the canteen facilities will cease operations from that time. Apart from the central canteen, every floor of the company has more than one coffee shop, where light snacks were made available for the employees.
A company spokesperson declined to comment on the matter, saying, “We do not comment on matters pertaining to our internal organisation.” However, sources in the firm’s Pune office admitted that the move was aimed at discouraging employees from working late. “The availability of assured drops have now been changed which means, people would have to leave as per the drop timings. Late night drops will have to be authorised by senior managers and would be allowed only as per client requirement,” a senior manager with the HR department of the company said.
The campus has seen a drop of over 50 per cent in the people using the facilities of the company. “Although even now, people who are required to stay on for work continue to do so, a majority of the employees who are found in the campus after 8 pm are now from the BPO branch,” another senior manager pointed out.
Meanwhile, the move has been received mixed response from employees. While some say it now allows many of them to spend more time with their families, a senior employee, who did not wish to be named, said, “Every day, a small section of employees has to stay back late and their managers have to raise transport requests. Efforts should be made to ensure that all employees are able to leave the office on time.”