TCS asks employees to return to office with new dress code

Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS) is an Indian multinational information technology (IT) services and consulting firm headquartered in Mumbai. As an integral part of the Tata Group, TCS has established its footprint in 150 locations spanning 46 countries. As of July 2022, reports indicated that TCS employed over 600,000 individuals globally. TCS holds the distinction of being the second-largest Indian company in terms of market capitalization. Recognized as one of the most valuable IT service brands on the global stage, it stands out as the premier Big Tech company in India.


Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has recently terminated its work-from-home arrangement for the majority of its employees, necessitating their presence in the office for five days each week. Alongside this policy change, TCS has mandated that all employees adhere to the company’s dress code during their office hours, as reported by Moneycontrol.

In a recent communication to the staff, Milind Lakkad, Chief Human Resource Officer, expressed the company’s expectation that all associates work from the office on all working days. He stressed that many employees had joined TCS in the last two years and had been operating in a virtual or hybrid mode. Lakkad stated that it is the company’s responsibility to ensure their seamless integration, emphasizing that working from the office is crucial for internalizing TCS values and the TCS way. As per the report, Lakkad highlighted the importance of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism in the office, including the way employees dress and present themselves and the organization. He underscored that this is essential for creating a positive impact with stakeholders worldwide. The dress code policy, as mentioned, provides explicit guidance on appropriate attire while fulfilling official responsibilities and duties.

The dress code policy for TCS associates, as communicated in the email, is as follows:

Business Casuals (Monday to Thursday):

  • Formal full-sleeved shirts tucked into formal trousers (solid colours, checked, striped shirts, etc.)
  • Formal skirts or business dresses in neutral/solid colours
  • Saree or knee-length kurtas
  • Formal shoes, moccasins, flats, heels, pumps, dress sandals

Smart Casuals (Friday):

  • Casual, half-sleeved shirts, collared t-shirts, golf/polo shirts, and turtlenecks
  • Smart casual trousers, khakis, chinos, straight cut and full-length jeans
  • Kurtis, printed blouses, and skirts
  • Sneakers, moccasins, suede shoes

Formal Events and Client Visits:

  • TCS associates are expected to wear business formal attire when representing the organization in business meetings, client visits, external forums, town halls, or any special occasion where the dress code is explicitly mentioned. On such occasions, employees are expected to wear –
    • Business suits in neutral and solid colours
    • Formal full-sleeved shirts tucked into formal trousers
    • Formal skirts/business dresses in neutral/solid colours
    • Saree or salwar suits
    • Formal shoes/Formal footwear in neutral colours