Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) has taken measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus buy asking its employees across the globe to work from home. However, the company has not indicated how long it expects employees to work from home.
Twitter urges employees to work from home
The company which has around 5,000 employees globally indicated that employees didn’t need to work from home as those who wish to work from offices can still do so. However, employees in South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong have strictly been asked to work remotely from home because of government restrictions on the countries. Also, the company has indicated that it is enhancing sanitizing and deep cleaning as well as adding notices for proper hygiene and pre-packaging of food to prevent the spread of the virus.
The announcement comes a day after the social media company announced that it had banned all non-essential business events and travels for its employees. Already Twitter has indicated that it will not be participating in this year’s South by Southwest tech conference in Austin, Texas because of coronavirus concerns.
Jennifer Christies, the company’s head of human resource, indicated that their goal was to minimize the chances of the spread of the virus for its employees and those around them. The move to ask employees to work from home is something Twitter has been working on.
Twitter has been planning to introduce remote working
A statement from the company indicated the company had plans to move to a distributed workforce which is increasingly remote. The company indicated that since they are a global service, they are determined to enable anyone to work for the company from anywhere.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey indicated that the same policy applies to Square employees where he is also the CEO. Dorsey has been a supporter of remote working, and in November last year, he indicated that he is planning to live in Africa for around six months this year. Various companies across Asia have announced similar measures as the coronavirus outbreak sweeps across the region.
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