A number of corporate firms allowed their employees to work from home or follow flexible working hours as roads in the city were waterlogged and jammed after the rain on Wednesday.
Companies such as Nagarro, Dell, SAP Labs India, Sapient, Future Group and a number of NASSCOM member firms directed their employees to stay at home and work, instead of getting stuck in jams. With the memories of 14-hour jams on July 28-29 fresh in the memory, the companies said their priority is to ensure that the employees are safe and they work efficiently with least inconvenience.
“After the downpour, the firm allowed employees to work from home. We did not note a decrease in the overall attendance as the company also allowed flexible hours for the people to check-in,” said a spokesperson of Nagarro.
“The employees have been given an option of work from home. Getting stuck in jams is not wise,” said Deepak Ohylan, executive director, global facilities management, Dell.
Most of those who decided to go to office, reached their workplaces drenched. They also had to deal with huge jams. They also complained that autorickshaw drivers were charging extra.
“I and two others took an autorickshaw from Huda City Centre Metro station to reach our office, around 4 km from the station. It took us more than 45 minutes and `250,” said Sarthak Singh, an IT professional.
Those who rely on cab services to commute in Delhi-NCR, said they were left stranded on the road as drivers attached to private cab aggregators refused to travel long distances.