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Salesforce Asks Employees To work From Home Amid Coronavirus Crises

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Salesforce is asking all its employees in California to work from home throughout March 2020 because of coronavirus concerns. Thus, the company’s nearly 10,000 employees will work from home starting from Monday 9th March 2020.


The company, which is San Francisco’s biggest employer, explained this decision to the press:


“We’ve made this decision out of an abundance of caution and in service to protecting our employees, their families, and our communities. During this time, we will continue to pay our vendor hourly service providers, who are an important part of our family.”


California’s Governor Gavin Newson had earlier declared a state of emergency following a coronavirus related death.


Salesforce had also previously asked its employees in Washington to work from home citing safety concerns. Washington state governor Jay Inslee had declared a state of emergency on 29th February 2020.


Salesforce asks employees to work from home
The Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, California. Photo: Commercial UAV News.


“As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, we have a heightened awareness at Salesforce of our responsibility to our employees, customers, and partners. This includes doing our part to help prevent further outbreaks,” the company had said regarding its employees in Washington.

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Salesforce had earlier taken other precautionary measures, like banning cross border travel, restricting most domestic travel and replacing physical events with online ones.


Other tech companies are also encouraging their employees to work remotely amidst coronavirus. Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Google are among companies asking their employees to work remotely.


Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey in a tweet had said:


“Out of an abundance of caution and care, both @Twitter and @Square are taking significant measures to help lower the probability of spread of #coronavirus #covid19, including strongly encouraging all of our employees globally to work from home if able.” 


An employee at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative tested positive for the virus. Other employees were subsequently asked to work from home due to the incident.


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