Twitter has recently come up with new policies, where they are encouraging their employees from all over the world to work from home. They have taken it a step further by making it a mandatory rule that must be followed. This statement was released in light of the fact that COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly all across the world. Twitter said, “We understand this is an unprecedented step, but these are unprecedented times.”
After reports from all across the world came in, where 118,000 cases were reported in 114 countries with the mortality rate rising to 4000, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic.
The company has taken the working condition of its employees in a very serious manner, where it said that they are going to provide support to each of their employees to set-up offices in their home conditions. Further, the company said that they will also be providing expenses and will continue to pay their vendors, contractors, and suppliers on the hourly basis, even despite them not able to continue work from home. Twitter also has extended support to parent employees to cover their additional daycare expenses if their regular daycare has been closed due to COVID-19.
To provide and initiate awareness towards Corona-virus outbreak, the Inclusion and Diversity team of Twitter will be holding a #FlockTalk that will be telecasted virtually. This program has been made as an employee support program where they will be discussing the risks involved around COVID-19, how to tackle it, the number of people impacted by it, the health concerns related to it, and also the racism faced by some communities because of it. The program has been developed with the main purpose of reducing the panic amongst the population and providing them with authentic and proper information related to Corona-virus.
Initially, on March 2nd, 2020, Twitter announced that they are encouraging their employees from Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan to work from home. This decision was also partly taken due to government restrictions. In yesterday’s announcement, Twitter has decided to expand its work from home policy worldwide. According to the company, they value the health of their employees and wish to make their safety their top priority.
In their announcement, they said, “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.”Source
Tech Giant Companies like Amazon and Box have also implemented the work from home policy and are recommending their employees and workers to do their work from home significantly. Major Events that were supposed to take place within these few days as MWC and E3 have also been canceled and made virtual.
Following Twitter’s decision, the CEO of Google Sundar Pichai also advised its employees belonging to North America, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe to start work from home due to COVID-19.
This statement by Google was released on March 12th, 10 days after Twitter recommended work from home to its employees. According to Google, it has indeed asked employees to work from home until April 10th the least. Previously, they also recommended the same to employees from Dublin, Seattle, and the San Francisco bay Area.
According to The Verge, offices of Google in North America will remain open for workers that need to present physically for the job to be done, and every Google office will follow the same guidelines all over the world. On their statement to the Verge, Google also said that some of their offices in Asia are closed based on their location and COVID-19 impact radius. Other than that, it said, the end of January itself temporarily shut all offices of Google in China.
The CEO Sundar Pichai has requested people and its employees to contribute to distancing themselves from any social gathering to reduce the risk of transferring the virus from one person to another. In his tweet on Tuesday, Sundar Pichai said, “Contributing to social distancing if you can, helps the overall community spread and most importantly, will help offset the peak loads through critical healthcare systems and also saves it for people in need.”
On Sunday, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, also asked its employees to start working from home if their job allows from March 9th to March 13th, until the situation gets under control. Facebook, Microsoft, and other tech companies to follow suit.