Published On: Sat, May 16th, 2020

Partial work from home to be new normal for central govt employees

New Delhi: Work from home may become a new normal post-lockdown for central government employees, albeit partially to ensure social distancing norms till the coronavirus pandemic is checked.

Others employees who are at higher risk, i.e. older employees, pregnant employees and employees who have underlying medical conditions must work from home or have had to stop work entirely.

A draft guidelines in this regard, has been circulated by the Personnel Ministry to all central government departments asking them to send their comments on it by May 21.

The pandemic forced the government to push its employees to maintain hygiene. One way to arrange it is by providing flexible work condition including work from home.

The employees will be provided with logistic support in the form of laptops or desktops by the respective ministries or departments and employees will be reimbursed for Internet services that they would use while working from home.

“Department of Expenditure may consider reimbursement for data uses to the officers working from home and if required may issue separate guidelines in this regard,” the draft guidelines says.

The draft also says the government may provide option for work from home to the eligible officers and staff for 15 days in a year as a matter of policy. There are 48 lakh central government employees.

The coronavirus pandemic has kicked many central government employees out of their offices to work from home, as many employees work from home to stop the spread of the illness.

The ministry’s earlier order work from home which went into effect March 19, directed the Heads of Departments (HoDs) to ensure that 50 per cent of Group B and C employees are required to attend office every day and the remaining 50 per cent staff is instructed to work from home.

The government only permitted the employees working in a “life-sustaining” government agency to keep commuting. Others employees who are at higher risk, i.e. older employees, pregnant employees and employees who have underlying medical conditions must work from home or have had to stop work entirely.

Work from home sounds amazing. Jobs and tasks are not tied to a desk. Work can be performed anywhere. It offers a solution to balance employees’ professional and personal lives, where employees have the flexibility to design their days for the best outcome. What employees want most is control over their work lives. Work from home work seems to give that.

However, the employees, work from home, have to be dressed properly and maintain all norms of office environment while attending video-conference during and after the ongoing lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, says draft guide lines.

TST

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