In a bid to safeguard its employees from the spread of the deadly coronavirus epidemic, social media giant Twitter has asked its 5,000-strong workforce across countries to work from home. Work from home has been made mandatory for its employees based in Hong Kong, and South Korea, as the virus is spreading its tentacles in these regions.
The micro blogging website has issued a statement that provides: “We are strongly encouraging all employees globally to work from home if they are able. Our goal is to lower the probability of the spread of the coronavirus for us and the world around us. We are working to make sure internal meetings, all hands, and other important tasks are optimised for remote participation”.
Working from home will be mandatory for employees based in Twitter’s Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea offices due to government restrictions.
“While this is a big change for us, we have already been moving towards a more distributed workforce that’s increasingly remote,” the social media giant mentioned in the statement. Earlier, Twitter said that it would also restrict all non-essential business travel for its employees and partners.
“We have continued to monitor the situation closely and are adjusting our internal policies to respond to this rapidly-evolving situation. On February 29, we informed our people and started notifying partners that we are suspending all non-critical business travel and events,” the micro-blogging platform said in the statement.
“Our goal is to reduce the risk that anyone at Twitter might contract or inadvertently spread the virus. It is important that we take these proactive steps to protect ourselves and others and minimise the spread of COVID-19,” it added.