New Delhi, November 7: The high level of smog in Delhi and national capital region(NCR) has reached a new low as it is affecting people's health so badly that their jobs are efficiently disturbed.
The social development arm of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) performed a survey last week as it interacted with human resource professionals in about 150 companies working in different industries both in public and private sectors in and around Delhi to evaluate the impact of air pollution on companies' financial health.
"Air pollution in Delhi-NCR is not just devastating the environment but harmful amount of gases, dust, fumes and odour are causing breathing problems to people," said D.S. Rawat, Secretary General of Assocham releasing the chamber's survey as quoted by IANS.
Rawat further said that companies should offer employees flexible working hours to cope with this problem.
"Environment and air pollution related issues might hurt brand India and hit sectors like tourism, outdoor recreation as people tend to stay away from polluted areas so as not to breathe in dense and toxic air," Rawat added.
According to the survey, most of the HRs faced staff shortfall problems since 5-10 percent employees called in sick which in turn affected work.
"Persistent cough, burning eyes, itchy throat and respiratory or lung-related problems like asthma and bronchitis are the main reasons as to why many employees are not turning up for work, said many of HR representatives," the survey stated.
Also, the HR department in the companies have adopted proper measures to ensure the health safety of employees and installed air purifiers across their office and have advised their staff to use the face mask. Still, the severity of air pollution has certainly impaired performance through changes in respiratory, cardiovascular, and cognitive function.
Many companies have provided their employees the freedom of work from home to deal with the persistent smog in the city.