Big Tech Companies Are Asking Employees to Work from Home Due to the Coronavirus
Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Amazon are all implementing work-from-home policies as the coronavirus outbreak continues its devastation, reported CNN Business. The policies have been put in place for many, if not all, employees around the globe.
CNN Business further confirmed that Google released an email asking North America employees to work from home until April 10th. "Out of an abundance of caution, and for the protection of Alphabet and the broader community, we now recommend that you work from home if your role allows," the Tuesday email from Chris Rackow, Google's vice president of global security, read in part.
In a Wednesday blog post, Google also said it would support its extended workforce, which may not have benefits through these trying times.
"Google is establishing a COVID-19 fund that will enable all our temporary staff and vendors, globally, to take paid sick leave if they have potential symptoms of COVID-19, or can’t come into work because they’re quarantined. Working with our partners, this fund will mean that members of our extended workforce will be compensated for their normal working hours, if they can’t come into work for these reasons," read the blog.
Meanwhile, Twitter released a blog post that went from encouraging employees to work from home to make it mandatory that they do so.
"Our top priority remains the health and safety of our Tweeps, and we also have a responsibility to support our communities, those who are vulnerable, and the healthcare providers who are on the front lines of this pandemic. To continue this push, we are moving beyond our earlier guidance of “strongly encouraging work from home” provided on March 2nd and have now informed all employees globally they must work from home," read the blog.
It's good to see that these giant firms are taking the health and safety of their employees seriously. The question now remains: will smaller businesses be following suit?