Two days after a Twitter user (Unicon Baba) alleged that a Bengaluru start-up had advised its employees to work from home only if they are seated in front of their computer camera for nine working hours, the logistics based company Shadowfax issued a clarification on their official Twitter handle terming the allegations as ‘baseless.’
With many companies around the world and in India adopting a work-from-home approach amid the coronavirus outbreak, Shadowfax had earlier come under fire from netizens for allegedly issuing a bizarre diktat to its employees.
The twitter user alleged that the start-up had threatened employees to follow the order or they will face consequences. The user took to Twitter to express his disbelief:
WFH but keep camera ON for 9 hrs and remain in front of camera otherwise face consequences. WTF @shadowfax_in— Unicon Baba (@uni_con1) March 17, 2020
Well, Abhishek the founder is the one threatening teams to have their camera's ON or else they will have to come to work in person in the office. No one is questioning if a company should function or not, its a business and should absolutely run.— Unicon Baba (@uni_con1) March 17, 2020
You are talking about field staff, and effort put by field team. Great, but why haven't you provided masks and hand sanitizers to your field agents?— Unicon Baba (@uni_con1) March 17, 2020
Many joined the bandwagon to convey their displeasure.
No trust, no progress. This company seems to be managed by some immature and untrustworthy folks.— Rajesh Aiyappa Manavattira (@RawJeyShh) March 18, 2020
Shadowfax was in the news in 2019 for attracting — as a start-up — a $60-million investment from Walmart-owned Flipkart.