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Cyril Amarchand nudges staff to return to offices from 19 October, choice ‘entirely voluntary’, evolving long-term WFH policy

CAM nudges towards return to normalcy, begins making long term post-Covid plans
CAM nudges towards return to normalcy, begins making long term post-Covid plans

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has internally announced that the firm “hoped” that staff would “start coming back to work gradually, in a staggered manner” from 19 October.

The email sent to CAM staffers from its “crisis management team” last month (see below) had stated:

From 19th October onwards, it is hoped that people, especially those staying nearby and using their own vehicle, would start coming back to work gradually, in a staggered manner. This is necessary to start our journey towards some form of normalcy.

We have reached out for comment to managing partner Cyril Shroff, who explained: “It’s entirely voluntary. And it’s for each team to decide what to do.”

When asked what would happen if the head of a team decided to force staff to return to the office against their wishes, Shroff reiterated that it was “entirely voluntary”, adding that “nobody will be forced” to return to the office.

“The firm is also evolving a long term WFH [work from home] policy aligned with the future of work and the needs of the post-Covid world,” he added.

Internal email send to CAM staff

Meanwhile, the Work From Home policy is being extended till 18th October 2020. From 19th October onwards, it is hoped that people, especially those staying nearby and using their own vehicle, would start coming back to work gradually, in a staggered manner. This is necessary to start our journey towards some form of normalcy.

We will send out further updates as the situation evolves.

Please take care of your health and stay safe!

Regards,

Crisis Management Team

Other firms that had attempted to return to ‘normalcy’ had faced internal resistance from staff.

Last month, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan had announced a roll-back of its order for staff to return to the city where their offices are based from their hometowns (where many had chosen to shelter from the pandemic).

Khaitan & Co had announced in July that WFH would be the default until the end of 2020.

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