What Businesses Are Making Employees Work From Home Due To COVID-19?

By Ellen Kershner on March 21 2020 in Answer

Twitter started encouraging its employees to work from home in early March. Photo by Yucel Moran on Unsplash
Twitter started encouraging its employees to work from home in early March. Photo by Yucel Moran on Unsplash
  • Twitter was encouraging employees to work from home in early March, and has since made it mandatory for all of their workers around the world.
  • The company currently has over 250,000 employees who are part of their fulfillment network.
  • Thousands of Microsoft employees are also working from home.
  • On March 11, Google advised all of their employees in North America, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East to work from home until April 10.

The past few weeks have seen a major shift in how companies are getting their work done. With the COVID-19 threat still growing, businesses are rolling out required work-from-home policies. It is a new way to work for some, but more familiar to others. It could be the new normal for a majority of the global workforce, at least until the threat has passed.

Some of the largest companies on the planet have hopped on board, asking employees to work remotely to help stop the spread of the disease. Some of these major players include Apple, Oracle, Amazon, Microsoft, Chevron, Hitachi, Twitter, Google, and Facebook.

Twitter

Twitter was encouraging employees to work from home in early March, and has since made it mandatory for all of their workers around the world. The company is helping to cover the costs for home offices and daycare expenses. Those who cannot work from home will continue to get paid for standard working hours. They have also created an employee support program.

Amazon

 Amazon is making its employees work from home until at least the end of March. Photo by Bryan Angelo on Unsplash

The e-commerce giant told all employees who can work from home to do so throughout March. The workers who must drive to make deliveries, work in fulfillment centers, or in Amazon offices were encouraged to avoid public transportation and practice social distancing. The company currently has over 250,000 employees who are part of its fulfillment network.

Amazon will continue paying its hourly support staff around the world, including security guards and food service employees. Amazon also established a $25 million dollar relief fund to help employees who are diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Microsoft

Thousands of Microsoft employees are also working from home. Microsoft has expanded its access management practices and transitioned into a completely cloud-based management environment. Its website detailed how the employees connect every day to collaborate through calls, meetings, and chats, and Microsoft described a “background blur” feature it uses to block out backgrounds of rooms and noises like barking dogs.

Google

On March 11, Google advised all of its employees in North America, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East to work from home until April 10. Offices would remain open for workers who need to be physically present to carry out their jobs. Hourly employees who miss work if they become ill from the virus will still receive their regular pay; temporary vendors and staff will receive paid sick leave through a new fund if they need time off if they contract the coronavirus.

Facebook

Facebook is giving $1,000 bonuses to employees who work from home. Photo by Tim Bennett on Unsplash

Facebook closed its offices for a week when one of its Seattle contractors was diagnosed with coronavirus. At that time, Facebook strongly recommends that its Bay Area employees and staff work from home. CEO Mark Zuckerberg sent an internal memo out in mid-March, stating that Facebook will give a $1,000 bonus to employees who work from home during the pandemic. This is only for full-time employees. Contract workers are being sent home and will be paid in full even if they cannot work. Following similar actions from other companies, Facebook will also be paying contingent workers who cannot come into work because offices have been closed.

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