As new cases of coronavirus are popping every day in India, both domestic firms and MNCs are canceling key events, adopting work-from-home options and sanitizing workplaces to ensure employee safety.
Last week, Intel India issued an extensive email advisory to its employees in Bengaluru mentioning travel restrictions, selective home quarantine, guidance to attend large gatherings and even handling packages.
Intel’s pandemic leadership team and emergency operations center teams are monitoring the situation closely, including screening visitors, delivery people and new contingent workers arriving at all its sites.
Mobile companies Xiaomi and RealMe have called off all phone launch events in March.
Home-grown information technology firms such as Wipro Ltd and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) have suspended travel to locations prone to the virus like Italy and advised working from home and self-quarantine wherever needed.
Big industry honchos like Anand Mahindra, Harsh Mariwala and more are encouraging caution as well.
“The crisis will pass, but I think it’s making the world press a permanent ‘Reset’ button. 1) It’ll accelerate working from home 2) lead to more digital ‘virtual’ conferences 3) More video calls, less meetings.4) Less air travel, leading to a greener footprint. Anything else?" Anand Mahindra said in a tweet
Even Twitter has asked its global workforce to work from home if possible.
"We are strongly encouraging all employees globally to work from home if they're able. Our goal is to lower the probability of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus for us -- and the world around us," Twitter said in a blog.