SAN FRANCISCO: The social platform, Twitter, has made work from home mandatory for its nearly 5,000 employees globally amid the fast-spreading coronavirus scare.
The decision was announced on Wednesday after they had earlier encouraged the workers to work from home this month.
Jennifer Christie, Vice President, People at Twitter, wrote in a blog post, "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. 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."
The novel COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday. On a global scale, the virus has infected over 118,000 people and has killed more than 4000 people across the world.
Christie further said, "We understand this is an unprecedented step, but these are unprecedented times. For contractors and hourly workers who are not able to perform their responsibilities from home, Twitter will continue to pay their labour costs to cover standard working hours while Twitter's work-from-home guidance and/or travel restrictions related to their assigned office are in effect."
Other big companies like Amazon and Google have encouraged their employees, who are in those areas hit by the epidemic, to work from home.