Grameenphone, Banglalink ask employees to work from home

DHAKA, Two major mobile phone operators today asked

their employees to work online staying at home while another operator said

their workers were free to decide if they want to attend the office work from

home in view of worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Grameenphone and Banglalink issued statements announcing their decision to

discourage employees from coming to office while Robi said their workers

could avail a scope to stay home and work online.

Grameenphone spokesman Khairul Bashar told BSS they issued a notice to it’s

employees informing the directive as “safety is our foremost concern”.

“We have been preparing to keep our employees and associated business

partners safe following the standard guideline provided by relevant

authorities,” he said.

Bashar said the decision was part of the operator’s business contingency

plans to protect their employees alongside ensuring continued services to its

nearly 76.5 million customers as they “need us most in this time of

uncertainties”.

On the other hand, Banglalink, the third biggest operator in terms of

subscribers, said it took the “work from home” decision for two weeks from

March 18 in line with its parent company Veon’s directives.

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 themselves 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 this mode of work

to minimize their chances of contracting Corona virus,” he said.

Robi is the second biggest telecom operator in Bangladesh.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)