- Many private-sector enterprises in the area have returned to work in the office over the last few days — either full-time or in a hybrid capacity.
- This follows the government’s recent statement that from 1st October, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya will be able to proceed to Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan.
Employees Return To Work In Klang Valley With Companies Ensuring Safeguards In Place
Many private-sector enterprises in Klang Valley area have returned to work in the office over the last few days, either full-time or in a hybrid capacity.
This follows the government’s recent statement that from 1st October, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya will be able to proceed to Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan.
The Malay Mail went to a number of businesses to find out what precautions they’ve taken to ensure that their fully vaccinated workers can work securely in the office.
Employee safety is very important to Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM), thus they have taken the effort to distribute free Covid-19 self-test kits to every employee at the start of each workweek as an added precaution.
Despite the fact that they have been back in the office since the 4th October, they are only operating at 50% capacity for the time being.
Managing Director Erik Winter said, “Our employees are split into two groups and they will alternatively return to the office on a weekly basis. We are also looking into the feasibility of hybrid-working arrangements for the long term."
Employees were no longer bound by the traditional 9 am to 6 pm working hours under the organization’s Enhanced Flexible Work Arrangement (EFWA), which was established last year, to ensure physical separation within the office.
This, he added, will be bolstered by the office’s strict adherence to government-issued standard operating procedures (SOPs).
“Our employees are split into two groups and they will alternatively return to the office on a weekly basis. We are also looking into the feasibility of hybrid-working arrangements for the long term." – Managing Director Erik Winter
As of 4th October, 94.4% of the country’s adult population, or 22,098,784 people, had gotten at least one dosage of the vaccine, according to data from the Health Ministry’s COVIDNOW portal.
According to the National Security Council’s SOPs, all private and non-governmental workplaces are authorised to operate at full capacity with 80% to 100% vaccinated individuals, but only 80% of employees are allowed to work in the office.
Even when the government eases rules, Elite Market Research Sdn Bhd managing director S. Magesvarey believes that employee safety should not be sacrificed.
She said, “While we are operating at full capacity we have taken our own initiative and allowed our staff to only come to our office in KL Sentral if it’s absolutely necessary. All our meetings are currently done online, it has worked well so far so we have decided to conduct only virtual meetings. Most of our researchers can work well on their own so it’s not necessary for us to meet in person we do not want to take any unnecessary risk. Those who are required to come to the office are only a very small number and they take turns to come in to ensure we do not crowd our office."
G. Kumar, the corporate director of MyDynamics Sdn Bhd, whose firm deals with construction debris waste disposal, has ordered that all staff and workers on project sites undertake weekly mandatory self-testing.
Kumar added that since the Covid-19 self-test kits are more affordable, it was one of the preventative measures done by the organisation because his staff are more exposed owing to their work.
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Companies large and small are figuring out how they want to function as the country prepares to live with endemic Covid-19. Some employers go the extra mile and require their staff to wear masks indoors even though everyone has been vaccinated.
One thing is certain: no one wants a new wave of cases.