Leading corporate houses and IT companies are introducing strict Covid safety protocol following chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s directive that private offices should have 50% workforce on the premises, and some have already implemented this.
While most companies at Salt Lake Sector V’s IT hub continue work-from-home, those that started partial or near-full operations on the premises have begun to draft their WFH plan. The IT and ITeS sector, which has been providing back-end infrastructure for WFH operations and mostly working away from their offices, supported the state announcement. “But for BPOs and call centres, this brings a mixed fallout. A large part of the work can be done from home, it creates flexi schedule and commute time is saved. But data security and infrastructure challenges prevail,” said Kalyan Kar, vice-president, Sector V Stakeholders’ Association.
The head office of the biggest private sector corporate house in the city, ITC, is almost closed, with no one being allowed on the premises without an approval.
The head office of Haldia Petrochemicals would continue with an alternate-day roster, said HPL wholetime director Subhasendu Chatterjee. He said they had been working with 30% staff strength in the head office, while in the plant, the number of shift had been increased to cut down on crowding. Berger India, MD Abhijit Roy said, had introduced WFH mode for most. “We are working with 25%-30% strength at office,” he said.
Exide Industries is working with 15%-20% staff on the premises. “We are going to office on rotation. Employees are not allowed to use public transport,” an official added. Merlin Group ChairmanSushil Mohta said they had been working with 30% staff. “Only some senior employees with their own transport are going to office,” he said. The president of Confederation of West Bengal Trade Association, Sushil Poddar, said for their members, the timings had changed the timings from 10am-7.30pm to 11am-5pm.
Source: Times of India