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Amidst Coronavirus, Alphabet’s Executives Send Memo To Motivate Employees

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Alphabet is urging its employees to remain motivated in running the company’s massive global infrastructure amidst the global coronavirus outbreak.


In an internal memo to employees, Alphabets chief financial officer, Ruth Porat wrote: “As our company manages this issue, it’s important to remember that millions of people and companies around the world are relying on us.”


Porat and Alphabet’s CEO Sundar Pichai were among executives who have sent internal memos encouraging and motivating staff. Referring to the coronavirus situation as an “unsettling time”, the memos were cautionary acknowledging how it is affecting the company.


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Alphabet’s Chief Financial Officer, Ruth Porat. Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair).


Sundar’s email bore the title “taking care of each other”. In the mail, he acknowledges the employee in Googles’s Zurich office that contracted the disease.

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“We know this is a very unsettling time for everyone,” Sundar started in the mail, “first off, our hearts go out to anyone in our global community who may be affected by the coronavirus, most especially our colleague in Zurich who we are wishing good health and strength,” the rest of the email continued.


Pichai also made reference to the company’s security and “resilience” teams who run 24-hour command centers, helping executive monitor updates across the company.


He adds that Google has to prepare for how the virus could affect the welfare of its community.


Other parts of the memo advised:


“It’s important that we contribute to fulfill our mission and be helpful to people in these uncertain times. Because of the work we do every day, Google has an important role to play right now.”


Sundar also says that it is a good time to lean on one another and draw strength from the company’s community.


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