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Project WFH hits bandwidth hurdle: IT employees forced to report from frontline, risking infection

With companies making work from home mandatory for many employees to prevent the virus from spreading, #WFH has been trending on social media. But the ground reality is grim for IT employees. Every day, thousands compromise safety and venture out of homes to ensure their clients don’t face shutdowns and critical work doesn’t come to a halt.
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A notice bans entry to the Intel office in Bengaluru, following the coronavirus outbreak. Getty Images
A notice bans entry to the Intel office in Bengaluru, following the coronavirus outbreak.
“It’s hard to work when you are concerned about your health and your family’s health. But we can’t just stop working and abandon clients. It will be a bigger disaster.” These words from a senior executive employed in the information technology (IT) sector aptly capture the proverbial ‘caught between the devil and the deep blue sea’ situation that thousands
employees follow social distancing. But if the pandemic continues to spread at the current pace, these measures will prove too little. “We know the employees are scared,” says the first executive quoted in the beginning. But he knows that the show must go on, because ‘abandoning clients’ will be a ‘bigger disaster’. ( Graphics by Abdul Shafiq)
“It’s hard to work when you are concerned about your health and your family’s health. But we can’t just stop working and abandon clients. It will be a bigger disaster.” These words from a senior executive employed in the information technology (IT) sector aptly capture the proverbial ‘caught between the devil and the deep blue sea’ situation that thousands employees follow social distancing. But if the pandemic continues to spread at the current pace, these measures will prove too little. “We know the employees are scared,” says the first executive quoted in the beginning. But he knows that the show must go on, because ‘abandoning clients’ will be a ‘bigger disaster’. ( Graphics by Abdul Shafiq)

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