Workplaces around the world have amped up options for teleworking and staggered shifts amid coronavirus outbreak
Mobile operators Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink are encouraging their staff to work from home in the wake of coronavirus.
"Employees engaged in roles that are not customer-facing have been encouraged to work from home," said Md Hasan, GP's head of External Communications.
However, the country's largest mobile phone operator has asked its customer-facing employees to take the necessary safety measures and focus on providing services through digital technology, which limits their physical contacts and movement.
Robi Axiata's Chief Corporate and Regulatory Officer Shahed Alam said, "Working from home has long been practiced in Robi. In the wake of the corona pandemic, we are encouraging our employees to avail this mode of work to minimise their chances of contracting coronavirus."
"Ensuring sound health of our employees and their family members is always a matter of priority for us and we have already taken a number of steps to address the crisis situation. However, as a customer-centric company, our employees are serving the customers strictly following all precautionary measures wherever their physical presence is necessary," Shahed Alam added.
Banglalink will also allow its employees to work from home amid the spread of coronavirus.
The working from home policy will be effective for a period of two weeks commencing from March 18, Banglalink Corporate Communications Senior Manager Ankit Sureka told The Business Standard on Monday.
Personnel working in the firm's essential services sections, such as network operation, customer service, LIC support would not fall under the policy.
Workplaces around the world have amped up options for teleworking and staggered shifts -- ushering in a new era where work from home is an increasing part of people's regular schedule after the coronavirus outbreak.
In just a matter of weeks, people in coronavirus affected countries have become accustomed to wearing masks, stocking up on essentials, canceling social and business gatherings, scrapping travel plans and working from home.
The governments have stepped up restrictions on the movement of their citizens to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed nearly 6,705 people with over 174,961 infected globally.