Published: 16 Mar 2020, 10:55 pm
Two major mobile phone operators today requested their workers to sit at home online while another operator said their workers were free to consider if they would like to attend home office work in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world.
Grameenphone and Banglalink also released statements announcing their intention to prevent workers from going to the office while Robi said that their workers might use a reach to remain home and operate online.
Grameenphone spokesman Khairul Bashar told BSS that 2,300 workers were informed of the directive because "health is our key concern."
"We prepared to keep our staff and related business associates healthy in compliance with the uniform guidance issued by the appropriate authorities," he said.
Bashar said the move was part of the corporate continuity planning of the company to safeguard their staff while maintaining uninterrupted support to their approximately 76.5 million consumers because they "need us most in this moment of uncertainty."
On the other side, Banglalink, the third-largest service provider, said it took the decision to "act from home" for two weeks from March 18 onwards in accordance with the guidelines of its parent company Veon.
Banglalink’s chief corporate and regulatory affairs officer Taimur Rahman, however, said workers of its essential services like network operation, customer service, LIC support would require to attend offices to run the operations.
“We are (also) encouraging our employees to limit their outside interactions to an absolute minimum and in emergency situations only,” he said.
He said Banglalink believes that in a crisis situation, mobile network providers have obligations to ensure maximum availability of their services to support governmental efforts.
Talking to BSS Robi’s chief corporate and regulatory officer Shahed Alam said they asked their employees to decide whether they preferred to work from home or attend the office.
“Working from home has long been practiced in Robi. In the wake of the Corona pandemic, we are encouraging our employees to avail of this mode of work to minimize their chances of contracting Coronavirus,” he said.
Robi is the second-biggest telecom operator in Bangladesh.