The sudden outbreak of the pandemic Covid-19 in March 2020 in India has created an atmosphere of uncertainty all-around. This pandemic has immensely impacted the outdoor activities especially the business and employment sector bringing the economies of the world to a major halt. The Indian economy is no exception to this and the Indian government has been audaciously facing this challenge. After an extended lockdown of three months in India, the Indian business community decided to reopen the work places while ensuring maximum safety of employees. You must have realized by now that Covid-19 is here to stay for a while; but we cannot let it adversely affect our livelihood and lives. Hence, the MNCs and major business houses have decided to reopen their office premises while ensuring adherence to the following major guidelines:
1. Social distancing is extremely necessary and has to be maintained at all levels. A distance of at least one metre has to be maintained.
2. Wearing face masks is mandatory.
3. Hands need to be washed frequently used soap and water. Also, 70 per cent alcohol based sanitisers are to be made available at all workstations.
4. All employees need to monitor their health everyday and inform the company in case of any sickness.
You should understand that the spread of novel Corona Virus can be easily restricted and contained by following the above mentioned guidelines. It is the duty of both the employer and the employee to function in such a manner that the business goes on as usual without coming in least proximity with the other person. It is indeed the responsibility of the employer to devise preventive guidelines to be followed at the workplace.
Responsibilities of the Employer
Management of Sick Employees
It is quite possible that even after formulating and implementing the above mentioned guidelines at the workplace, the employees might get infected with Corona Virus. In such a scenario, the employer has to come up with a distinct plan of action which includes the following essential points:
Responsibilities of the Employee
Both the employee and the employer have to stay committed in ensuring a safe workplace amidst the Covid-19 scenario. The spread of this virus can be contained by following certain strict guidelines. The employer, for instance, should make provision for daily temperature check of employees at the entry, maintain distance in the seating arrangement, and make provision for hand sanitizers and regular cleaning of the office premises. Therefore, to conclude, Covid-19 has adversely impacted the business environment; however, the business community needs to stay united in its fight against Corona Virus by ensuring strict adherence to workplace guidelines issued by the WHO in general and the Indian government in particular.