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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Gurugram wants to implement work from home till July – Livemint

NEW DELHI : New Delhi: Multinational companies, business process outsourcing (BPO) firms and IT-enabled services (ITeS) providers may have to explore ways to let their employees work from home until July, Gurugram metropolitan authority CEO and Haryana additional chief secretary V.S. Kundu said.

The suggestion by Kundu, who is in charge of handling covid-19 for Gurugram district, comes a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets chief ministers to decide on the next steps in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Various states have pushed for an extension of the lockdown, with certain relaxations. The second phase of the lockdown ends on 3 May.

“As of now, it appears this advisory for work from home will continue till the end of July. All those who have offices in Gurgaon should continue to work from home to the extent possible,” Kundu told the Press Trust of India.

“It is advisable that companies should ensure that as many employees as possible work from home. This might not be possible in the case of industries and the manufacturing sector, but should be followed wherever possible,” he added.

The suggestion comes after the Union home ministry revised its guidelines on 15 April and allowed IT and ITeS companies to work from office with up to 50% staff strength from 21 April.

In March, Gurugram authorities issued an advisory to companies, including MNCs, BPOs and IT companies and industries, to allow employees to work from home. Many companies are still adapting their processes for smooth home-based work.

Gurugram is home to tech giants, including Infosys, Google, Facebook and Microsoft, as well as BPO firms like Genpact and Convergys, which work 24/7 serving clients across geographies including the US, Europe and Australia.

According to a Gartner survey of chief financial officers earlier this month, 74% of companies surveyed planned to permanently shift to more remote work even after the crisis is over.

Another survey by consultancy and advisory services provider EY this month said as many as 72% organizations believe the impact of the coronavirus pandemic will be felt beyond six months and the single biggest concern for continued remote working is that there may be a fall in productivity.

Haryana began the state-wide lockdown on 22 March, three days before the nationwide lockdown. The state has reported 296 cases and three deaths. With 51 people testing positive, Gurugram has the second highest number of covid-19 cases in the state, after Nuh.

“I suspect this will be advisory, encouraging IT/ITES and MNC firms to continue WFH as far as possible. This may well set the direction for other metros, too, where a sudden ramp-up of employees getting back to work would inevitably mean a jump in covid-19 spread…there are concerns about opening up the Delhi-Gurgaon border with large numbers crossing over, which would be a major vector for spread across the NCR,” said Prasanto K Roy, a policy consultant

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