AMAZON URGES ALL EMPLOYEES TO WORK FROM THEIR VARIOUS HOMES IF POSSIBLE
The US e-commerce giant Amazon urges its employees to work from their various homes if they can as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak recommendation measure. This guideline was issued on Thursday by the company, however, its recommendation will not be limited to employees in the United States but globally through the end of March.
As the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) increase on a daily basis across all the continents, and as such a global concern. Therefore, an effort is made by tech and e-commerce giants like Amazon to safe guide employees around the world.
According to reports, over 1,300 persons have been infected with Coronavirus in the United States in addition to those already infected elsewhere. ‘WHO’ have already declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and in a bid to curb the scourge, Amazon has decided to take proper measure similar to Twitter’s response. Responding to this development, Amazon spokesperson stated in an email:
“We continue to work closely with public and private medical experts to ensure we are taking the right precautions as the situation continues to evolve, as a result, we are now recommending that all of our employees globally who are able to work from home do so through the end of March”.
We understood e-commerce response (Amazon urges) towards its employees comes after the call from global health officials to deploy measures that will potentially slow down the spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by a new virus and a close cousin to SARS and MERS and equally a family member of the Coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the outbreak of COVID-19 has led to the cancelation of tech, automotive, and business events that were scheduled by governments and companies around the world.
According to statistics, Amazon has about 798,000 employees. But there is a serious issue of concern here, the vast majority of the company’s workforce is required to be on-site, though, some office workers could practically work from their various homes. Also, the company is totally reliant on tens of thousands of delivery drivers and employees who work at over 100 order fulfillment centers. And that’s an issue.
Amazon had said earlier this week that it will provide 14 days extra paid time off for full and part-time employees who were infected with COVID-19 or are quarantine. The payments also include janitorial, security staff, hourly employees, and foodservice around the world.
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