Tuesday 17 March 2020

Amazon, Swiggy execs to work from home too

Amazon, Swiggy execs to work from home tooBengaluru: Online food delivery company Swiggy, fintech startup KhataBook and vernacular content platform Dailyhunt are among the latest set of startups that have mandated work-from-home for their employees starting Monday, founders and spokespersons confirmed to TOI.

E-commerce giant Amazon has also “recommended” that its employees start working from home from Friday till the end of March, expecting most of them to use the option and only those who have urgent work to come to office.

Swiggy, whose delivery service will continue, has over 7,000 corporate employees, while Dailyhunt has about 500 employees and KhataBook has 80. Amazon has an estimated employee base of over 50,000 in India with major offices in Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Flipkart, which had asked employees to work from home from Wednesday to Friday, has also extended the policy for the next week.

Several startups like online brokerage Zerodha, education technology platform Unacademy, social commerce platform Meesho and bike rental company Bounce had announced mandatory work-from-home policy for their employees on Thursday.

The development comes at a time when the Karnataka government has announced shutting down of malls, cinema halls, pubs, schools, colleges and all other mass gathering events across the state for a week, starting from Saturday. In another development, a Google employee in Bengaluru tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday.

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