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Employee need to resume office in-person whenever asked.

- There are two ways to see it: if an employee is paid fully or partially for WFH, he need to operate from his base location itself so that whenever needed, he can be in office. In case he wants to travel, he needs to take prior approval from his employer in written so that employer can plan to call him back based on business needs. It will take minimum 15-16 days to onboard some back if someone has already traveled (based on rules and zones though). If you are paid even in current situation, you should appreciate efforts of your employer too. Company will only sustain, if all employees work together.

When government allows & confirms that some percentage of employees can work from office, it may include you or me or anyone hence be ready for travelling to your office with all precautions. Definitely, employer too is responsible for 100% safety inside the premises. He should decide wisely, who should come, who should not based on different precautionary measures.

- 2nd case: in case employer is not paying salary due to situation and there is no confirm plan too, inform your employer that you are travelling out of city considering current situation. Employer should not stop anyone in this case. When employer wants to open office, he should give 15-20 days prior notice to everyone. This is part of planning always. Employer shouldn't call anyone and ask to come today itself. This is inhumane and caries big risk.

If employee and employer both work together then only we will have win-win situation. Certainly employers need to take decision wisely considering everyone's health & safety first and business 2nd. If employer is concerned about people, people will take care of business automatically.


Dipesh Prabhakar

Team Lead - HR

From Ghana, Kumasi
In my opinion, if you are not in the current office location you need to get an e-pass from the concerned department.
And if your locality (where you are currently at) is a contaminated zone then you need your employer to know so.

From India, Udupi
As the employee is out of city and there is more Covid-19 positive cases in India, the employer should ask the employee's opinion that will it be possible for him/her to join immediately. Only if the employee agrees to join without any undue influence, he/she can start working from office. But if the employee feels that in the current situation it is not safe for him/her to travel from his place (contaminated zone), then the employer must be okay with that and he/she must be concerned about the safety of his employee.
From India, Udupi
As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, it has affected businesses in all the possible ways, which has created a situation of panic between employees as well as employers. Stay at home orders have been circulated all over the country and businesses have made arrangements for their employees to work remotely.
From India, Pune
I do believe that motivating morale of the employees is the most important instrument in the hands of the Managers.
I have noticed working from home has been more beneficial for employers in some sectors as they are able to more safety to their employees in this COVID Pandemic . As such getting output and target is more important for the employer rather than physical presence in employees .

From India, Bhubaneswar
Employers will have to comply with federal, state and local directives on social distancing as workplaces reopen. Employers will likely want to consider staggering work hours and alternating days of work for different groups, shifts or teams of employees to reduce the number of employees on site. Employers may want to:

evaluate workplace layouts and consider making certain stairways and hallways one way if social distancing guidelines cannot otherwise be met.

use plexiglass shields, tables or other barriers to block airborne particles and ensure minimum distances in the workplace, as recommended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

develop protocols to avoid crowding in elevators.

close or modify certain common areas, such as lunch rooms, time clock stations and workplace fitness centers so that employees can socially distance.

From India, Bengaluru

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