Companies like H&M, Coca-Cola, KFC and Dabur, are either asking their staff to work from home or are offering flexible timings due to worst air pollution in Delhi NCR.
On November 3, H&M sent an email to its Delhi office employees that they should work from home on November 4 and they can come late or leave early until November 15.
However, H&M store staff has been asked to take additional breaks until November 15.
A spokesperson of H&M said wherever feasible, it has decided that the first shift in stores will start 8 am onwards to avoid the peak pollution hours of early morning.
Beverage maker Coca-Cola has also allowed flexible working hours or the work from home option to its staff for a week.
DLF Golf & Country Club, is currently hosting the Ministry of Tourism promoted Asia Pacific Golf Summit an international conference on the business of golf has pressed a series of plan B option to deal with air pollution.
It has shifted all activities indoors for the entire summit, and installed over a dozen air purifying machines at the summit hall, besides changing the menu to “detoxifying.”
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Vishal Bharti, vice president for operations, DLF Golf Resorts, said that, all this has been done keeping with delegates’ well-being in mind which is our top priority.
Others like the local arm of fast food restaurant chain KFC has offered employees the option to work from home until November 6.
Dabur’s HR executive director V Krishnan said that the company has introduced a carpool app to connect colleagues to plan their daily commute, aimed at reducing pollution and the carbon footprint.
Companies are also distributing masks for field force, installing air purifiers.
Nestle has equipped its field force with masks and is also arranging an awareness session with a company doctor, and exploring the work from home option.
A spokesperson of Nestle said that, we have also installed air filters in office, increased the number of plants and stepped up car-pooling.
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Work from home is not a solution
It is a very good initiative from some of the well established brand in India. Other companies should also think and care about their employees health and comfort. It will be beneficial for the companies in long run.
Delhi’s air pollution has been declared a public health emergency. People have been ordered to stay home from work and school – which is totally pointless, because the air is just as noxious there. https://t.co/Kc5Vvsb607— Siobhan Heanue (@siobhanheanue) November 2, 2019
However, the air quality is approximately the same in office as well as home. So, work from home is not a solution.