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Firms at Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram organise programmes, contests and group outings to welcome again workers, who in flip are setting social media abuzz with ‘#back2office’ images and movies

Firms at Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram organise programmes, contests and group outings to welcome again workers, who in flip are setting social media abuzz with ‘#back2office’ images and movies

In Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram, #back2office is trending this week. After over two years of working from residence, workers are step by step getting again to work-from-office mode on the IT hub and celebrating with selfies, group images and video on social media handles.

Pre-pandemic, the IT hub had a workforce of over 63,000, with over 460 corporations operational on the campus unfold throughout 766.86 acres. “At the very least 30% of have returned to work as of now. If there isn’t any surge in COVID-19 instances, we anticipate extra workers to come back in, particularly as soon as the faculties reopen in June,” says an official with Technopark.

Essentially the most excited are freshers, employed after March 2020, who’re assembly colleagues and seeing the workplace premises for the primary time. Firms have initiated a phased return to work the place new recruits are welcomed first. In the meantime, at most corporations, a hybrid work mannequin continues, whereby workers can work at home in addition to workplace.

Workers who hail from different districts proceed to work at home whereas these in and round Thiruvananthapuram are reporting to work. There’s a versatile association, like attending workplace two days every week. “We’re utilizing sensible scheduling of areas in addition to campus zoning to make sure social distancing and get in touch with tracing,” says Richard Lobo, govt vp, Head HR, Infosys, including, “Whereas our general expertise with distant work has been good, we imagine that for optimum engagement and productiveness, renewing and creating contemporary social fairness is crucial; for which in particular person join and actions assist immensely.”

Ambily KR, Thehsina Ibrahim, Tinu Achamma Thomas and Krishna Gaadha of Simplogics Solutons

Ambily KR, Thehsina Ibrahim, Tinu Achamma Thomas and Krishna Gaadha of Simplogics Solutons
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Krishna Gaadha, who joined Simplogics Options early this month, posted a video of her grooving together with her colleagues Ambily KR and Tinu Achamma Thomas to the observe of ‘Prison’ from Ra.One. The video, shot by one other colleague Thehsina Ibrahim, has made them fairly well-known on the campus. “After we went to the meals court docket, some individuals recognised us! I used to be trying ahead to work within the IT park and we’re having enjoyable exploring the sprawling campus. There’s a heat ambiance at workplace with group outings and get-togethers,” says Krishna.

Amritha CS of PIT Options says that though she joined the corporate final yr, she has been working from residence all these months. “Previous to that we had been confined to houses with on-line lessons and examinations as a result of lockdown. After I received the job, I had come to the workplace a few instances to gather work-related tools. I had no clue about the way it was prefer to work from workplace as we workers ‘met’ over video calls solely. It was thrilling to fulfill each one in particular person lastly,” says Amritha.

On April 18, she was among the many freshers who had been formally welcomed by the corporate at an in-house occasion. Over 120 individuals who joined the corporate after March 2020 and some different workers attended the fun-filled occasion. “We began out with the freshers as a result of it was necessary for them to expertise company tradition. Lots of them gave the impression to be within the school mode after we performed the coaching periods on-line,” says Amina Zeenath, senior undertaking supervisor with the corporate. The workplace was adorned; there have been video games and leisure programmes on the occasion attended by senior workers as nicely. “We have now seen an enormous enchancment in productiveness after they began coming from workplace. There’s higher communication and understanding about their jobs,” she provides.

Companies have been organising particular occasions for brand spanking new and current workers. Cultural programmes, contests and group outings are being held. Some corporations like TILTLABS mixed it with their in-house Vishu celebrations.

Employees of Infosys' Thiruvananthapuram campus at Return to Office event

Workers of Infosys’ Thiruvananthapuram campus at Return to Workplace occasion
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Infosys’ Thiruvananthapuram centre marked the start of its ‘Return to Workplace’ train by internet hosting a brand new joiners’ join, inviting all new workers who joined the corporate since April 2020. “There have been many actions organised to make them really feel at residence, resembling a pink carpet expertise, interplay with leaders, their prolonged groups and HR personnel, workspace expertise and programmes resembling magic present, music and dance occasions. They had been additionally launched to numerous golf equipment and committees within the firm and had been additionally taken on a campus tour,” says Richard.

Hearty welcome

The Technopark administration has been enterprise renovation and upgradation work to welcome again its workforce. This consists of building of walkways and parking areas, infrastructure improvement, restore work of roads contained in the campus and putting in photo voltaic avenue lights

Sreeraj KR of iCore Pioneer Enterprise Options mentions that he was taken again to the Freshers’ Day in school when the same occasion was organised for the brand new workers. “Since I can’t sing or dance, I simply did some push-ups!” says Sreeraj, who hails from Palakkad. “All the pieces is new for me. I’m but to discover the complete campus. Not too long ago I attended a movie competition [Qissa short film festival] that includes quick movies directed by the staff,” says Sreeraj.

Navya Martin and Harsha Kanicheri, each new recruits to a multinational firm, had been appointed in October final yr and after three months’ on-line coaching they had been requested to hitch final month. “I used to be nervous about coming all the best way from Kannur to work in Thiruvananthapuram. However the administration has been so encouraging that I really feel at residence now,” says Harsha. Navya, a local of Angamaly, provides, “There are six new workers in my group. After the preliminary nervousness, I’m having a superb time in my first job.”

Though his firm has not made it obligatory to come back to workplace, Arun SS of Polus Software program says working from workplace has loads of benefits. “Work will get over quick,” he says, including “Additionally, I stay up for our tea breaks, lunch outings and catching up with my colleagues.”


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