With the coronavirus outbreak declared a pandemic by the World health Organisation (WHO), many companies around the world have asked their employees to work from home until the virus is contained. Some large firms and start-ups in india have now followed suit in line with the government's measure to limit the spread of the virus, as the number of confirmed cases in india jumped to over 70.
India also recorded its first death from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on Thursday. Companies such as cognizant, amazon, flipkart, Snapdeal, uber, ola, swiggy, paytm, wipro and Tech mahindra have offered employees the option to work from home. There are many other indian companies, especially startups, which have asked their respective employees to work from home. Major firms like social media also made it mandatory for their employees to work from home.
A google office in bengaluru has asked all employees to work from home tomorrow after a techie was tested positive for the virus. The tech firm has already asked all North American employees to work from home. Several industry bodies like NASSCOM have already requested the government to waive restrictions around work from home in light of the coronavirus outbreak which has spread to hundreds of countries around the globe. Though work from home could hurt operations flow at indian firms, top management at corporate firms has instructed or recommended employees to work from home. One way recommended by health experts in tackling the virus is avoiding large gatherings or social distancing.