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I am working in IT Company in Ahmedabad. We are 25 employees. We resume the work from office since 15th June, 2020 after lockdown as government has notified that every business can start. But some of our employees are refusing to join back. We told them to join as per their convince before 1st July, 2020. But still an employee is saying family is not allowing to come back to Ahmedabad. Also her in-laws are asking her to resign if we do not allow work from home till her husband's company starts.
What can be done in this situation?

From India, Mumbai

This employee has refused to report back for duty at Ahmedabad, (post lock down as announced by State Government) and is willing to resign her job . However she seems to be willing to continue work from home.
Please explore if your company could allow her to work from home and contribute effectively for the job to be accomplished ,if she is critical resource.
If the company's policy does not permit such options, you can find an alternate resource. if the project is so critical that the particular employee were to essentially coordinate and complete the job in a given time frame, you can consider her request for continuation of the job from home as special case till the project is completed and in the meanwhile a suitable replacement resource is found and trainer and tailor made to fit the bill so as to prevent damage. Eventuality like this cannot be ruled out in any organisation companies should be prepared to be dynamic and flexible as the focus should be always be on results

From India, Chennai
I would urge you to explore the possibility of allowing this employee to work from home. The only issue is that if you allow her to work from home, then you're being unfair to other employees who're coming in to the office.

Since we're all at very early stages of reopening, I would ideally make it voluntary for employees to choose whether they want to work from office or from home. Also, there are a few key things that you - as an employer - should do to make your employees feel safe working from the office, such as:
- Open your office gradually in multiple phases
- Enforce social distancing by having your office operate at smaller capacity, say, 25% in the first phase
- Clean and disinfect your offices every single day
- Provide a simple PPE kit with disposable masks, hand gloves and cleaning supplies to your employees
- Work with you employees to disinfect high-touch surfaces multiple times during the day (using the PPE kit you provided)

I've created a short video laying out the best practices of reopening offices safely. Feel free to check it out:

From India, Mumbai
Apologies, I realize that I posted the wrong link in my previous post. Here's the correct one:

From India, Mumbai
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