1,000 workers, go home: Companies act to ward off coronavirus
NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - An oil company and a media group have told hundreds of employees in London to work from home. A television giant is stopping people who have visited certain countries from entering its offices in Europe. A German airline has asked workers to take unpaid leave.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
From Milan to Berlin to London, companies in practically every industry are refining their emergency protocols or sending employees home to try to prevent an outbreak.The British pay-television company Sky has begun screening visitors at several of its European offices, telling employees that guests who have recently travelled in"higher risk" countries like China and Japan would be barred.
In Italy, the centre of the outbreak in Europe, a number of companies, including the insurance giant Generali and the fashion brand Armani, have adopted work-from-home policies to varying degrees."My position doesn't require a physical presence. My thoughts go to people who work as a waiter, for instance, and this type of emergency of course puts them in trouble."
She also said businesses should arrange for employees to work from home."Companies probably have these plans in the vault someplace, and they're probably not all that different than they were 20 years ago," said Professor Peter Cappelli, a management professor and expert on human resources at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
"There are people who want to get out of the home, particularly people who have organised their lives with child care," Prof Cappelli said."There'll be some people who find this unpleasant."Mr Vallee said demand had surged for his remote-workplace service since January, with triple the number of companies adopting it compared with a year ago.
"Last year, we pretended that our headquarters had flooded and we had to work from home," Vallee said."So I'm not too concerned that we're ready."
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