Google tells staff to work home due to coronavirus

Google tells staff to work home due to coronavirus

Google is telling its North American staff to skip the trip to the office and work from home until at least April 10, citing concerns over the spread of coronavirus. This also means reduced need for support workers paid by the hour, including drivers or cafeteria staff, whose wages would be affected by the reduced or no work during the outbreak.

Google had previously told employees in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dublin and Seattle to work from home in recent days.

The coronavirus continued to spread in the U.S.as health officials enforce new measures to contain the spread.

According to the latest coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 infected already, more than 118,000 people worldwide.

"We know this is a very unsettling time for everyone", CEO Sundar Pichai said in an internal email.

In it, Pichai mentioned the corporate's safety and "resilience" groups are working a 24-hour command middle to assist executives monitor updates in real-time and coordinate throughout the corporate. The work-from-home recommendation applies in the UK.

Google has said it will compensate hourly contract workers for the hours they would have worked if it weren't for the coronavirus and also created a fund to pay sick leave for contract workers or vendors who can't come into work.

Google's Director of workplace services, Adrienne Crowther, has also added that the company has been continuously prioritizing health safety of local communities as well as workforces.

Other tech firms such as Amazon and Microsoft too have asked their staff in select cities to work from home if their roles allow it. A brand new word from the corporate recommends related motion for workers throughout North America.

On Sunday, Apple chief executive Tim Cook asked employees at several of its global offices to work remotely this week "if your job allows". Twitter closed its Seattle office for deep cleaning on suspicion of an outbreak, recently.

You can find out more information about Google's plans for their employees to work from home over at their website at the link below.

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