San Francisco: As coronavirus continues to spread across the world, Twitter on Wednesday made it compulsory that all its 4900 employees must work from home. In an announcement, the company said, ‘We understand this is an unprecedented step, but these are hard times. And we will continue to do all that we can to support our Tweeps.’
‘Our top priority has always been 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,’ Jennifer Christie, Vice President, People at Twitter, wrote in a blog post.”To continue this push, we are moving beyond our earlier guidance of ‘strongly encouraging work from home’ provided on March 2 and have now informed all employees globally they must work from home,’ she added.
The company also stated that it will continue to pay contractors and hourly workers who are not able to perform their duties while working from home.This decision came after the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic. The virus has spread globally, infecting over 118,000 people and killing more than 4,000.
Other tech companies like Google and Amazon have also encouraged their employees in some areas hit by coronavirus to work from home.