Offices back to WFH mode and rotational shifts in Kolkata
The Kolkata based corporate houses are gearing up to combat the recent spurt in Covid cases by adhering to new guidelines issued by the state government. The private establishments are advised to re-introduce work from home (WFH) and rotational days/hours/shifts as far as possible according to a report published in Times Of India.
“All persons in charge of workplaces will ensure wearing of masks and adequate physical distancing among workers and other staff attending the offices and other workplaces including shops and establishments, factories and so on,” the directive says.
Some of the biggest private sector corporate houses like ITC, RPSG Group, Haldia Petrochemicals, Exide and Emami are already putting up guidelines for their employees. Leading chambers have also advised their members to follow the state guidelines.
“We have closed offices and employees have been advised to work from home. In rare cases where it is absolutely essential to come to office, the employee will need to seek prior approval and conform to all safety and hygiene protocols,” said Amitav Mukherji, who heads corporate human resources of ITC Ltd.
The vice-chairman of CII Eastern Region and director of HPL, Subhasendu Chatterjee said that they have already communicated the government’s directives to CII members. “We in HPL already maintain strict Covid protocols,” he added. The director of Emami Ltd, Harsh Agarwal said: “We have seen the circular and for more than a year we have been running our office with 33% employees maintaining Covid protocols.”
The deputy director general of MCC, S Roy said that it has already written to all its 800 industry members to go by the state directive on the wake of the second wave. The president of Confederation of West Bengal Trade Association, Sushil Poddar said: “We have already advised members to reduce working hours.”