TCS may stretch working hours by half an hour

IT professionals working with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will now spend more time at their workplaces, possibly as a fallout of the global economic crisis. The country’s largest software exporter has increased its work hours by 30 minutes — from the existing nine hours a day, to nine-and-a-half hours a day — two persons familiar with the development told Business Line.

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In doing so, TCS has become the second IT major to stretch its work hours, starting next year. Earlier, Accenture, in an internal communication, told its employees that they would have to work for an extra hour starting January 1.

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A spokesperson for TCS who was approached for a response said the company is “constantly looking at ways to improve productivity and efficiency”. On the increase in working hours, no policy has been finalised or communicated yet to the employees, he said.

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Though every employee at TCS may not have received an official communication on the new working hours, Business Line has learnt that a formal communication has already been despatched to the heads of the various business units within TCS. Employees down the line could be briefed in a few days, sources said.

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An increase in working hours could help the company improve overall productivity, as there will be an increase in the average revenue that each employee generates, according to Mr Harit Shah, IT Analyst, Angel Broking. “Since TCS has over one lakh employees, the productivity improvement for the company could be very significant,” he said.

Indian IT companies have been going slow on their hiring plans and are hence trying to extract the most out of their existing employees, said another IT analyst who did not wish to be identified. In most cases, increase in work hours is not compensated by salary revisions or extra days of leave, the analyst added.

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4 thoughts on “TCS may stretch working hours by half an hour

  1. Hi Rahul :)Many companies will exploit workers in the name of recession. They will not only increase the working hours, stop recruitment and I won’t be surprised if they reduce the salary and perks and even lay of some employees.But then survival is the key word in these time of economic meltdown.Hope this difficult situation will pass quickly.Best wishes 🙂

  2. @JosephAbsolutely, I believe this idea is far better than laying off employees. Reducing salary and increasing working hours are much better dignified ways to handle this situation.

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