Tata motors informs 3000 employees to work from home
Tata Motors India's largest automobile company by revenues on Sunday asked about 3000 of its employees with office-based roles to work from home from Monday onwards, but clarified, its manufacturing operations will continue to function as before.
Tata Motors managing director Guenter Butschek in an internal circular late evening on Sunday indicated that the company has developed a three-tier response plan.
As part of the measures taken, international travel has been suspended and domestic travel that involves public travel that is subject to the approval of respective executive committee member. A communication campaign on awareness, preventive steps are being shared through emails, poster, health contact meetings across work staff.
Biometric attendance has been replaced with the card swiping. There is an adequate supply of hand sanitizers liquid soap and surgical masks arranged across sites. Training and meetings beyond 20 people have been suspend. The visitors at Tata Motor sites have been restricted.
The employees of office-based roles including company HQ, sales and marketing HQ and enabling functions in regional office and purchase team based in Pune will work from home effective 16th March 2020. The employees of manufacturing, supply chain, quality, engineering and research centre and warehouses across the country will continue to operate with strict adherence to measures mentioned. The employees in sales, service, supplier quality, product line should connect with outside virtually. The employees of these functions may not be needed to come to the office daily, said the statement.
"In light of developments, we need to act early and social distancing will break the contagion and help us get ahead of the virus. We are faced with an unprecedented situation, your commitment and support over the past few days gives us the confidence that we will be able to successfully overcome this challenge and continue to fulfil our commitment in supporting our customers, partners and communities," added Butschek.
Pregnant ladies and employees with chronic respiratory or cardiac illness have been advised to work from home. The IT team has sent out a communication on tools available to work remotely.
The company will review risks and mitigation measures on a daily basis and depending on how things evolve will dial-up /down these measures stated the circular. The employees have been requested to stay fully connected to this topic and access on-going communication that we will send out every day at 8 PM for the next two weeks.
"This is a significant change in how we work at TML, you will receive additional information that can help all of us adapt to the new ways of working. I would like to assure that we will be highly vigilant and initiate immediate additional measures for specific sites/locations or across the TML to minimise the risk to our employees and their families based on the situation," added Butschek.