Coronavirus Effect: Employees face challenges of Work From Home

ST Correspondent
Friday, 20 March 2020

When Sakal Times asked employees of some firms, they said that although the operations are not swift, they are trying their best to cope with the situation.

Pune: While the Pune district collector has asked corporate companies to provide ‘Work From Home (WFH)’ option to its employees, many are coming across a number of challenges.

When Sakal Times asked employees of some firms about WFH, they said that although the operations from WFH are not swift, they are trying their best to cope with the situation.

Software engineer Ankush Dubey who works in Kalyani Nagar IT park told Sakal Times that his company has allowed 100 per cent of its staff to WFH amid the spread of COVID-19.

“My major work is cloud-oriented and hence, my work is not affected much. However, at home, I don’t have a sound environment which makes it difficult for me to focus. We are using various communication tools to schedule our meetings. In other companies, employees are being asked to carry assets like computers to their home. Currently, my only concern is the supply of electricity,” added Dubey.

Another software engineer Jyotsna Itapure, who works in Kharadi IT park said, that although, she has adequate infrastructure, she is worried about the safe and secure network connection. “Our client is concerned about secure connection and we hope the network we are using continues to be safe. We are facing issues of remote connection and VPN connectivity,” added Itapure.

Speaking on the issue, District Collector Naval Kishore Ram said, “We took a review of the situation on Thursday. The companies have been successful in reducing the number of their staff to 50 per cent. The companies would gradually reduce their employees coming to offices and we expect it to reach at least 70 per cent. We are not asking companies to shut down as it would have adverse economic effects, all we are asking to reduce the number of employees coming together at their work location.”
A spokesperson of MSEDCL told Sakal Times, said that based on the inputs from the energy minister, the department is trying their best to provide round the clock support so that energy supply in any area of Pune is not disrupted. “We are aware that people are working from their homes and hence, we will see that maintenance work is postponed for time being and if required, the customers are informed in advance about it. We are sending regular SMSes to consumers prior to carrying out maintenance work,” added the spokesperson.

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