On October 1, all employees working for the state-owned Andhra Pradesh Central Power Distribution Corporation Limited will be banned from using their mobile phones while on duty to create a ‘distraction-free’ environment in the office.
CPDCL noted that communication gadgets have become a real annoyance as “employees waste their working hours on their cell phones, hampering day-to-day office work.”
As a result, CPDCL President and CEO J Padma Reddy issued an order prohibiting the use of cell phones by employees during office hours.
Senior executives of the organization are exempt from the ban, however.
It is probably the first order of its kind in a government organization, official sources said.
From October 1, computer operators, recording assistants, typists, junior and senior assistants and outsourced employees working in all CPDCL offices will be required to deposit their mobile phones when entering the workplace.
“No employee will be allowed to take calls or messages while at work. They will only be allowed to use their mobile phones during lunch and tea breaks,” the CMD said in its order.
Employees should notify the mobile phone number of their superior officers, to be contacted in case of emergency.
“All Chief General Managers, Superintendent Engineers and General Managers must follow instructions to create a distraction-free environment for all employees. If an employee does not follow the instructions, the necessary disciplinary action will be taken,” said the CMD.
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