Coronavirus scare: IT companies in Kolkata take measures to minimise workforce at office – Times of India

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Kolkata: Acting on advisories by state and central government, most IT companies in Sector V and New Town said they have been trying to implement a policy to cut down workforce coming to office from next week.
“It has been decided from next week where only half of the employees need to come to office while the rest are to allowed work from home. The following week, those employees who had been working from home will be asked to come to office while the rest will be asked to stay back home and log in remotely. We have been told this arrangement will be in place for the next few weeks,” said a senior executive of an IT firm.
Over the last few days disgruntlement had been setting in among IT employees about the work ethics involved in forcing employees to come to work at a time when several other corporate offices including IT have reduced their workforce at office by asking employees to work from home.
On Thursday, after around 200 employees of Cognizant at Unitech Infospace were asked to come down and the entire floor was disinfected after a rumour that five employees had come in contact with a Covid 19 suspect, attendance dipped further at the building on Friday. In a statement Cognizant however clarified that no company employee was quarantined or sent for tests. “There was a rumour that some employees had been in the company of a person running a temperature. In the interest of caution, Cognizant carried out cleaning of its Candor facility. Heightened levels of cleaning and hygiene and thermal screening of employees are standard protocols at Cognizant facilities across India in light of the COVID-19 situation,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, the Nabadiganta Industrial Township authority (NDITA) sent mails to all IT building authorities operating in Sector V, instructing each of them to depute a nodal officer for proper monitoring mechanism and coordination with NDITA to comply with the Cocid-19 advisory that has been laid down by the authorities on Thursday.

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