Hello Members
Please resolve my peculiar problem.
We are right now employing IT personal on weekly shift duties. That implies that any employee has a roaster wherein for 10 days he/she has to report to office and the balance he/she has the option of work from home.
Now there are a couple of employees who are requesting that they be given an option of Work from home even though they are due to report to work.
None of them have COVID but are pleading that if they report to work they are exposing there families and themselves to risk.
We have responded to them that the roaster cannot be changed and hence they have to report to work at the suggested workplace.
However there is now a talk to bring the policies of the company to the government authorities where these employees are trying to show that the company is forcing them to report to work.
Hence I would like to know if the company is doing any illegal action by requesting these employees to report to work and if so what options does the company and employee have.



From India, Mumbai
Dear Anuradha,

You have explained your problem; however, what is not explained is the purpose of making a duty roster wherein employees are required to report to the office after 10 days. What they can do from their home, why is the same thing required to be done from the office also? What is the purpose of the rotation of the duties? Why the duty roster cannot be changed? Who prepares the roster?

As far as the concern of the employees is concerned, it is a genuine one. While commuting to the office, their exposure to the disease of COVID-19 increases is a foregone conclusion. Since their concern is addressed within the company, to redress their grievance, if they approach the government authorities, then how does it become politics?

Work From Home (WFH) is a norm in the IT industry. Even in the manufacturing sector, the departments whose work can be managed from home, people from that department are told to work from home. However, in your case, the opposite is happening. Please explain the logic behind forcing people to work from the office. The solution can be provided once we know the facts of the case.

By the way, you could issue a diktat to work from the office. However, there could be a backlash. The motivation level of the staff could go down. Have you thought of the consequence of this invisible threat?


Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

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