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Whitehat Jr saw less than 250 resignations and not 800 when employees were asked to return to the office

WhiteHat Junior recently saw between 200 and 250 employees resign, against a media report that puts the number at 800, sources told CNBC-TV18 on Friday.

A media report earlier this week claimed that more than 800 WhiteHat Jr employees quit the edtech startup in the past two months after being asked to relocate to work from the office.

“On March 18, 2022, in a company-wide email, the startup asked remote employees to return to their respective offices within one month. The sales, coding and math teams have been asked to work from offices in Gurugram, Mumbai and Bengaluru respectively,” said an exclusive report from Inc42.
WhiteHat Jr.’s spokesperson confirmed that as part of its back-to-work campaign, most sales and support employees have been asked to report to offices in Gurgaon and Mumbai from April 18, while exceptions were made for medical and personal requirements and relocation assistance was offered as mandatory.

Teachers associated with the platform will, however, continue to work from home, the spokesperson said.

“We continue to invest in developing student-relevant programs and building a strong community of teachers with high recruiting and training standards,” added the platform for learning coding acquired by BYJU’S.

Inc42’s proprietary report quoted earlier said the resignations came from full-time employees in the sales and math teams and others had to file their paperwork.

A former WhiteHat Jr employee told the media company that a month’s time was not enough time for a relocation. “Some have children, some have elderly and sick parents, while others have other responsibilities. It is not fair to recall employees in such a short time,” the person said.

One employee said wages were also factored into the decision not to return to the office, while another said the company’s back-to-office policy was due to cost-cutting measures.

“The company was clearly at a loss. It was a cost-cutting exercise to reduce its expenses without ruining its name in the market,” an employee quoted by the report said.

First post: STI

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