While many Indian IT firms get along with the regular formal dress code all the four days a week, Infosys’ to be CEO - Vishal Sikka initiated a casual dress code for his employees. Vishal Sikka, who will take charge as CEO this August, seems to stay relevant to millennials, who are dominating the workforce in the present days.
The email added, "Each of you is empowered to make the right decision and dress in a way that will make Infosys proud." The $8.7-billion company has 1.7 lakh employees.
Many Indian IT services firms still swear by formal attire at work given constant client interactions. But some are now trying to stay relevant to millennials who are beginning to dominate the workforce.
Sikka who frequently sports in his own favorite attire of a black tee and jacket breaks away from the tradition of Infosys' senior management wearing monogrammed shirts.
Kris Lakshmikanth, CEO of HR consultancy firm HeadHunters India, noted that the tech industry globally wears casual attire to work. "In Infosys's case, the company has broken some of its rules that was frozen in time which no longer resonate with its younger workforce," he said.
Harish H V, partner in consultancy firm Grant Thornton, said, "Generally, the belief is that people feel intellectually stimulated if they don't wear formals to work. But it's a state of mind, and in many instances companies want to be seen as cool and in line with their peers."