Companies including Microsoft, Deloitte letting individual teams decide



WFH or WFO: Companies including Microsoft, Deloitte letting individual teams decide

New Delhi: While many companies have started calling their employees back to the office, some are still at the policy-making stage. And apart from these two types, there are some firms that have left it to the individual teams to decide if they wish to return to the office or continue working from home.

Companies that are increasingly decentralising this decision by allowing the individual teams to decide on their work model include Microsoft, Accenture, Deloitte and RPG Group among others. Companies and HR experts are of the view that such exercises give people flexibility and empowerment in terms of the way they want to plan their lives in the longer run, thus, resulting in better performance.


“We believe that agreements are most effective when made collaboratively with inputs from everyone on the team. Team agreements are dynamic as they are based on the unique context of the individuals, the team as a collective and the business,” Ira Gupta, HR head at Microsoft, told Economic Times.

These agreements are revisited frequently by managers and teams to check if any changes are to be made, Gupta added. At Microsoft, working flexibly 50 per cent of the time is standard for most jobs.

RPG Group

For Harsh Goenka-led RPG Group, employees have been labelled based on their work. While the group offers them the option to work from home for up to 50 per cent of the time, some categories of workers can even enjoy 100 per cent remote work, with the only exception being attending meetings and discussions at the office.

“Teams discuss with their supervisors when they come in, or when they can work from home. It’s done in a planned way and a roster is created after pre-deciding with the manager,” shared Supratik Bhattacharyya, chief talent officer, RPG Group.


On similar lines, workers at Accenture’s advanced technology centres in India are free to pick their own work location from any of the cities where the company is present. “We believe there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to the future of work and our approach to how, when and where we work will vary by business, team and the type of work our people do,” noted Lakshmi C, managing director and lead, HR, Accenture India.


Likewise, professional services company Deloitte also leaves it to individual partners, team leaders and reporting managers to decide when a team needs to meet at the workplace, along with who needs to join physically. “We believe in flexibility and hybrid working and so, no rules at play,” said Deloitte India chief talent officer SV Nathan.

Will this last?

“It is too early to define this trend as a long-term one. Companies are approaching it on a monthly, quarterly basis. There are few companies who have announced a decision till end of this financial year,” opined Rajul Mathur, consulting leader, India, work and rewards, Willis Towers Watson.


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