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Mumbai: Private offices play it safe, call in only those who own vehicles – Times of India

MUMBAI: With 10% of employees across sectors set to resume work from Monday, organisations across the city have implemented strict safety norms to prevent further spread of Covid-19. At most organisations, only employees who own vehicles have been asked to come to work. Masks, and in some cases gloves too, have been made mandatory on premises.

In a note to employees, Axis Bank has set out necessary precautions and asked employees to volunteer information about their health. Before entering, employees will need to cooperate with the health checks, self-declare any symptoms of cough, fever or any other infection, if anyone in their family has developed symptoms, and also if they have travelled recently or participated in any large gathering.
An RPG Enterprises spokesperson said only 10% of its staff or less are expected to come to work Monday onwards. “Those who don’t have personal vehicles will continue to work from home. Outstation travel needs approval from management,” said the spokesperson. The head office of RPG Enterprises is located in Worli, with around 500 employees.
At Godrej One in Vikhroli, which houses Godrej Industries and associate companies, only a select group of team members will be allowed to come to office from June 15. “We will encourage everyone else to continue to work from home till further notice,” said a Godrej spokesperson.
Surrounding areas are being sanitised by drones at Godrej One. Hourly cleaning of high-frequency touchpoints is also carried out. Team members are advised to ensure they have an empty workstation between them and the next person and they only eat at their desk. Employees have also been asked to do their self-assessment on Aarogya Setu app, carry a face mask and their company ID cards. They have been told to avoid public transport and follow parking guidelines.
There are guidelines for Godrej employees to follow once they return to their home as well, such as sanitising their hands before entering their house and taking a shower and change their clothes before interacting with family members.
At the offices of Motilal Oswal Financial Services, posters directing employees to practise social distancing have been put up at the entrance lobby. Squares have been demarcated in front of lifts to ensure social distancing. Only four employees can travel in the lift at a given time.
Sudhir Dhar, executive director and HR Head, Motilal Oswal Financial Services, said: “We have prepared our offices with basic norms/prevention measures so that employees can feel safe while attending office. We have two main locations in Mumbai—Malad and Prabhadevi—each having approximately 2,000 employees.”
While many companies are discouraging visitors, some have instructed employees to inform their management before inviting guests/family to the office. “If anyone has guests or family visiting them, they must inform the management. Canteen facility has been withdrawn for the time being and visitor meetings must be in the lobby,” said the RPG Enterprises’ spokesperson.