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A Google spokesman said today that the company instructed employees at its Dublin, Ireland headquarters to work from home, after one of its members had flu-like symptoms. Dublin headquarters is Google’s headquarters in Europe, with about 8,000 employees.
Google emphasized that this is a precautionary measure in the context of the Covid-19 epidemic spreading rapidly across continents.
” With consultation from health professionals, we are constantly taking precautions to protect the health and safety of our workforce. As part of that effort, they I asked the teams in Dublin to work from home tomorrow, “a Google spokesman told Business Insider yesterday.
Other tech giants like Twitter and Coinbase are also following Google to take similar measures that allow its employees to work from home.
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Outside Google headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.
Covid-19, a disease caused by the new strain of corona virus, officially known as SARS-CoV-2, has now spread beyond the Chinese border. Since the epidemic broke out late last year, it has infected more than 90,000 people worldwide, stalling multinational businesses as they have to reconsider business, travel and meetings. for your employees.
Google tightened its rules after a test employee tested positive for Covid-19 in Zurich last week. The company restricted employee travel and canceled the largest Google Cloud event of the year amid fears of an outbreak.
Twitter and Coinbase now follow Google to adopt a home-based policy for its employees. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took the lead with his announcement not to attend the South by Southwest Independent Film Festival (SXSW) in Austin later this month.
Subsequently, the company canceled all unimportant business trips of its employees. In a blog post yesterday, Twitter said it was being cautious in translating Covid-19, all of nearly 5,000 Twitter employees around the world are recommended to work from home.
” We encourage all employees around the globe to work from home, if possible. Our goal is to reduce the possibility of corona virus and Covid-19 outbreaks to ourselves – and the world around us. us , “Twitter said.
Dorsey has long been a strong supporter of remote workflows. He suggested that Twitter will soon take some necessary steps to support its remote workforce globally earlier this year.
The Twitter blog post mentioned that, emphasizing that encouraging work from home in the Covid-19 translation is a big change for the company, but it is entirely within Twitter’s development strategy, ” towards an increasingly dispersed and more remote workforce”.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is an advocate of teleworking.
Brian Armstrong, managing director of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, said his company is taking similar measures.
” We are asking some employees to start working from home this week, ” Armstrong wrote on Twitter. ” Working from home is not a complete solution but it can help slow the spread of disease.”
In his tweet, Armstrong quoted a link to a Google Docs update for Coinbase staff working policies at home.
” Employees [in the target group] who are susceptible to infection, or susceptible to serious complications when infected, should discuss with their manager to switch to 100% Work From Home (WFH – work from home) “, the doc of said.
The company also said that only business trips that are absolutely necessary will be allowed during this period. All working activities to China, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy and South Korea will be completely restricted.
A media publication shows that Coinbase is actively fighting the new corona virus.
Other Silicon Valley tech companies haven’t yet asked their employees to work from home, but they have taken other precautions. Facebook is asking its employees to stop inviting guests to the office. And Amazon is pausing on-the-job job interviews.
Meanwhile, some Microsoft employees feel that the company is not acting aggressively enough to keep them safe amid the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic. The only move offered by Microsoft was an email from Executive Vice President Kurt DelBene instructing employees to talk to their managers if they felt they had to travel to unsafe areas.
Two Microsoft employees who spoke on condition of anonymity said they were “disappointed ” about the company’s reaction, compared to what other companies were doing.
Refer to Businessinsider
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