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Companies offer work from home, shun biometric attendance to fight coronavirus

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Gurugram: City-based IT companies, exporters and real estate developers, who manage large business complexes and malls, have started taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. A number of IT and IT enabled services (ITes) companies have also given the option to their employees to work from home and take leave in case of any flu-like symptoms.

Large companies, which are serving clients abroad, are making their contingency plans to ensure that there is no disruption in operations in case the situation becomes more serious. Some of the companies, including auto major Maruti Suzuki, have also decided to do away with biometric attendance system for the time being.

The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), Haryana, which represents the IT and ITes companies in the state, said that they had a telephonic meeting with its members in which it was decided that core committees would be formed in every company to deal with emerging situation in a centralized manner.

“The health advisory issued by government is comprehensive and we have shared it with our employees. Work from home is being preferred and in case of BPOs where there are telecom restrictions, we have sought relief so that it can be allowed till the situation improves,” said Vinod Sood, who chairs NASSCOM Haryana, and is managing director, Hughes Systique.

Genpact, a large IT and ITes company, said it is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation, as safety and health of employees, clients and communities is paramount. “We have been paying special attention […]

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