On Wednesday the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the novel Coronavirus a Pandemic following which the American social networking and microblogging website – Twitter – has made it mandatory for all of its employees to work from their homes.
In a blog post, Jennifer Christie, Vice President (VP), People at Twitter wrote, “Our top priority remains 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.”
Earlier, the tech giant had encouraged its employees to work from home but later made it mandatory for its employees in Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong to work remotely after the government restrictions.
Now, the Work From Home will apply to all of the company’s offices, including India.
In the blog, Christie wrote, “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. We understand this is an unprecedented step, but these are unprecedented times”.
Having said this, the vendors, hourly-workers and the contractors who, owing to the nature of their job, cannot work from home will get paid for their standard working hours. The company added that it will also cover the daycare expenses for parents who are employees in case their usual daycares are closed due to COVID-19.
Twitter had also said that all the expenses incurred to set-up home offices by its employees will be covered by the company.
The blog says that after taking the feedback from its employees who were already working from home, Twitter has decided to expand its policy and will include home office equipment like desk chairs, desks, and ergonomic chair cushion.
In addition to this, Twitter is planning to make provision which will allow the Tweeps to expense their online fees while they work from home. Twitter has also introduced #FlockTalk programme which brings the Tweeps together during difficult times such as this to share community feelings. The group is designed to work around the news of COVID-19 which impacts the people.
However, the blog emphasises on the fact that work from home only means the change in the environment and not in the work. The blog also speaks about the basic pillars – Growth, Strategy, and Care – remains consistent irrespective of the location.
According to the blog, all the interviews in the future will be conducted via video conferencing.
You can read the blog here: Keeping our employees and partners safe during #coronavirus