Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the largest technology business in India, disclosed that attrition rates among its female employees have overtaken those of its male employees. Concerns have been expressed concerning this development's potential effects on work-from-home policies.

Milind Lakkad, Chief Human Resources Officer at TCS, highlighted the unusual nature of this trend. "Historically, the attrition among women employees — who constitute over 35 per cent of our workforce of over 600,000 — has been lower or similar to that of men," he noted.

Lakkad proposed that some women may not have been able to return to the office even after normalcy had been restored because of the domestic arrangements that had been established during the pandemic.

Lakkad stressed that TCS is actively attempting to reverse this trend after acknowledging the setback to the company's efforts to increase gender diversity. The annual report did not include the precise attrition rates by gender. Although it peaked in the middle of the previous fiscal year, overall attrition had dropped to over 20% by the end of March.

TCS has put in place targeted leadership development programmes like "iExcel" to solve this problem. The yearly report made note of the fact that 1,450 female executives had benefited from the 22 editions of this program's renowned executive leadership development.

Despite making up only 14% of the applicant pool, women held over 25% of the internal leadership roles that were filled in FY23, hence Lakkad praised the calibre of the female candidates in the leadership pool.

In addition, the annual report revealed that women made up 38.1% of TCS's net hiring in FY23. Additionally, during the same fiscal year, nearly 14,000 job applications were submitted for positions under the "Rebegin" project, which is targeted for seasoned women professionals returning to the workforce after a period of inactivity.

According to the annual report, TCS claimed that more than 13% of the roughly 30,000 personnel designated as senior management were women.

In order to give carers for small children, expectant women employees, and people with disabilities the help and flexibility they require, the company also introduced a policy on flexible work arrangements.

To improve the organisational culture, TCS has recently urged staff to return to office work.

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