MUMBAI: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ local arm, FCA India Automobiles Pvt Ltd, has asked over 50% of its staff across Mumbai and Pune to work from home until March 31.
This is in line with the Maharashtra government’s announcement under the Epidemic Disease Act, asking private companies to operate below 50% attendance and allow work from home to the rest.
The company has a corporate office in Mumbai, engineering unit in Pune and the main engineering center in Chennai.
“The WFH (work from home) alternative for the mission-critical engineering workforce in Chennai is under consideration and not in play as yet," the company said.
FCA India said that social distancing is ‘the need of the hour’ as part of proactive measures to combat the adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Besides suspending all international and domestic travel schedules for its executives and initiating work from home for employees, especially the ones who use public transport, FCA India has issued an advisory to its field sales team to coordinate business from home across the country.
The company said it has issued a health advisory to its national dealer network instructing them to adhere to the basic guidelines at showrooms while dealing with customer walk-ins and sales events.
“Employees have been requested to postpone meeting visitors in person, in the office premises with intent to enable social distancing. Unavoidable meetings can be held only with prior permission from FCA India’s senior management. Meetings among office staff have been curtailed and, if at all, employees are advised to restrict meeting attendees to less than 10 individuals," the company said.
FCA employs a total headcount of 1,500 across its footprints in India. The company’s president and managing director Partha Datta said, “Although no employee of FCA India has reported or tested positive, we are fully aware of the gravity of the situation and are taking quick, proactive steps every day that are necessary for everybody’s well-being."