Companies start up advice

MUMBAI: Given the spread of what has been feared in several geographies, organizations are on high alert. Travel and preventive care notices are issued. Senior managers of a large manufacturer, who were returning from an official trip to Germany, were asked to stay at home for the period of 14 days.

In the Ceat Tires factories, anyone who finds sneezing or mild fever is treated immediately by a doctor. The idea is not to create panic, but to improve our warnings towards a safe environment, said Ceat Tires CHRO.

The president of the Tata Group, N Chandrasekaran, has written to the employees to take precaution in the travel plans and follow the preventive measures regarding hygiene and personal contact. The $ 113 billion group, which earns more than half of its income from abroad, is expected to experience lower growth this year in some of its international markets such as China due to the impact of the coronavirus and the economic slowdown.

Some of the group's companies such as TCS and Tata Motors have imposed travel restrictions on countries that have been reported as critical points and review plans to invite/host visitors from these countries. It has become clear that the situation around the coronavirus is complex, Chandrasekaran said in a memo.

Hindustan Unilever has shared awareness and information posters with all employees about the coronavirus. Globally, Unilever CEO Alan Jope issued a recorded message about the overall perspective and how it is affecting several Unilever markets. We have advised our people to avoid all trips to China, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Italy and Iran, said a HUL spokesman.

Walmart India has advised its employees to take appropriate preventive measures, which include maintaining a distance (of 6 feet, if possible) from people who show symptoms of respiratory diseases, such as coughing and sneezing.

The KPMG administrator has encouraged travelers from regions affected by the coronavirus to quarantine and work remotely. Avery Dennison Human Resources Director (labels and graphic materials, South Asia) Sushil said the firm offers its employees time flexibility.