Returning from home to work due to poor air quality in NCR
Many companies are also installing indoor air purification plants in offices and asking employees to wear masks.
Since most companies — including consultancies and IT services — are following the hybrid working mode, a switch to working from home is seamless, reported ET.
At least half of the companies following the hybrid working model are encouraging employees to work from home considering the current rising air quality in and around Delhi, said Aditya Mishra, chief executive of CIEL HR Services, which provides recruitment and HR services to around 100 companies. North India
“We are aware that even manufacturing companies are encouraging employees in roles like legal, finance and HR to work from home for a few days due to high pollution levels,” he was quoted as saying in the ET report.
“We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue with our hybrid working model,” said Suniti Sinha, partner and head, performance and culture at KPMG in India. “The safety of our people and doing our best to serve our clients seamlessly remains at the center of our actions,” he said.
At its offices in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida, workforce solutions provider Quess Corp has installed more indoor air-purification plants. In the past few years, it has also installed HEPA filters that help improve indoor air quality.
“More than 1,000 of our core employees are back at work. We encourage employees to continue wearing 3-ply cotton masks within the office. It takes care of both the Covid-19 virus and air pollution,” Lohit Bhatia, president of workforce management at Ques, told ET.
The National Capital Region and parts of North India face hazardous smog due to crop burning in October-November.