Apple’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Cook, has offered employees at many of the company’s global offices the ability to work from home. According to Bloomberg News, he called the coronavirus outbreak an “unprecedented event” and a “challenging moment.”
Cook told employees at several global offices to “please feel free to work remotely if your job allows” for the week of March 9 to 13, according to a memo Cook sent that was obtained by Bloomberg News. That extends the company’s move last Friday to encourage employees in California and Seattle to work remotely.
In addition, Cook said Apple is “making a major effort to reduce human density and ensure those teams that are on-site can do their work safely and with peace of mind.” Efforts towards that include “efforts to maximize interpersonal space and continuing, enhanced deep cleanings”. This affects employees at Apple classes and Genius Bar appointments at stores.
Cook also said that hourly workers at affected offices globally will “continue to receive pay in alignment with business as usual operations.” According to Bloomberg News, Amazon.com, Inc., Alphabet Inc., and Facebook Inc., have already implemented that policy.
I think that is a good thing. It will help hourly workers who are sick to stay home and recover. Doing so would help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Nobody wants to have to choose between going into work while sick or losing the money they need to pay their bills.
These types of policies are going to help normalize working from home. Working remotely can make jobs less stressful. People won’t have to waste time commuting, could get more sleep, and may be able to spend more time with their family. If working from home becomes the new normal, it would make employment human-focused. We could all benefit from it.