Agencies & media companies re-open offices as lockdown rules ease

Eros International, Zee Media Corporation, Havas and Cheil are some companies that have resumed office operations as per government rules

e4m by Misbaah Mansuri
Updated: Jun 9, 2020 11:51 AM

After months of lockdown, several Indian media companies and agencies have been seen making a slow and cautious start to work from the office as India enters the first phase of the Central government' three-phase plan for reopening of activities across the country by easing restrictions. Maharashtra government has allowed all private offices to operate with up to 10 per cent of full staff strength or 10 people (whichever is higher). Eros International, Zee Media Corporation, Havas and Cheil are some companies that have resumed office operations.

Eros International has restarted office operations but with 10 per cent capacity. Meanwhile, agencies like Cheil India and Havas too have started work from office. Cheil has resumed with 25 per cent attendance in Delhi while Havas has restarted office operations in Delhi and Bangalore and plans are underway to restart the Mumbai office operations by next week. 

At some organisations, only employees who own vehicles have been asked to come to work. For instance, Zee Media Corporation has asked those who have their own conveyance to come.

Sunil Seth, Head HR Business Partner, South Asia, Dentsu Aegis Network, told exchange4media that the company’s standard operating procedure has been designed and executed for their offices in Gurgaon, Bangalore and Kochi. The agency has created a manual for its offices, outlining preparing offices for sanitisation and change in layouts and seating arrangements. 

“As per the government’s regulations, our Mumbai office is ready to be occupied with currently 10 per cent capacity. We continue to watch the situation closely and look forward to occupying the office as soon as there are necessary guidelines available from the state government authorities. We have taken all the safety measures prescribed by the government and will maintain the protocol of social distancing within our offices too. Our standard operating procedure has been designed already and executed for our offices in Gurgaon, Bangalore and Kochi. It has given our employees the needful satisfaction on the safety standards adopted within our offices. Though in Mumbai, buses have started, and people are eager to come back, we remain cognizant of safety first for our employees and not rush into things. We are extremely confident that our teams are sufficiently engaged and have been managing client deliveries and more as they continue to work from home,” Seth said.

Meanwhile, independent agency Creativeland Asia seems to be in no hurry to return to the office and plans to extend work-from-home for much longer instead. “For us, the well-being of each and every Creativelander comes first. We are unwilling to compromise on the health and safety of all our co-workers. So, we will be continuing to work from home till such time that we are confident that the situation in the city has improved significantly,” Sajan Raj Kurup, Founder and Creative Chairman, Creativeland Asia told exchange4media.

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