Some of the planet’s biggest employers have announced an extension to work-from-home arrangements for their global workforces.
Tech giants including Google, Amazon, Slack and Facebook have already made contingency plans for staff to work from amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Google has just announced that will allow employees to work from home until the end of 2020, it was reported on Forbes. This follows on from Facebook’s announcement last Thursday that its workforce has the option of working from home until the end of 2020.
Both Amazon and video conferencing platform Slack have also recently revealed that employees can work from home until the end of September and October respectively.
The developments come as tech firms from Seattle to Silicon Valley were among the first companies to mandate remote working for employees in the United States. Public health experts in the country believe the decisive action in social distancing may have been a significant factor in helping to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the San Francisco Valley Seattle.
The US has by far the most cases of COVID-19 of any country, with 1.7 million confirmed cases and 99,300 coronavirus-related deaths at the time of writing.
Last week, Twitter announced last week a work from home forever policy for employees, as has Hong Kong viral meme platform, 9gag.