In a bid to avoid traffic jams and waste precious working hours during the Commonwealth Games, several multinational companies (MNCs) located in Gurgaon have decided to change their office timings.
The American Express has reportedly asked its employees to report at 7 a.m. and other companies such as KPMG and Genpact are also mulling a shift in timings.
“At present, our work hours are from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. but last week we had a meeting with seniors. We were asked to choose from two shifts starting at 6.30 a.m. and 7 a.m. The objective is that employees shouldn't get stuck in jams during trial runs or the Games,” said an employee of American Express, requesting anonymity.
Over 24,000 employees work in offices located in Cyber City and DLF Phase III.
"The new timings were scheduled to be implemented from the coming Monday but the company has postponed the move by a week. New timings mean we have to leave our house at 5:30 a.m.,” she said.
The American Express spokesperson, meanwhile, said they have a contingency plan and flexible office timings are one of them.
"We are changing office timings and have asked employees to report two hours before the usual time. Also, we are giving laptops to our staff so they can work from home in case of emergency. We have also issued a circular in which the route plan of Games delegates has been given. We have asked staff members to avoid these routes,” the official said.
Other MNCs have also issued a traffic advisory for October when the Games are scheduled to be held. “Our shift timing is 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and we will advance it by half an hour. We have issued advisories to our employees," said a KPMG official. “
“We are considering a change in office timings but we will wait and watch till the Games. We are also focusing on providing a feeder service,” said Pramod Bhasin of Genpact.