As of late, major tech giants in the Pacific Northwest, in particular in Seattle, have had to send employees home to work remotely. The industry’s true juggernauts – Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook – have all been affected.
The state now has 70 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 10 deaths as of last week, a number that will likely continue to rise in the coming days and weeks.
According to The Verge’s breakdown of the impacts on these industry giants, Amazon has instituted a full work-from-home policy until the end of March, Facebook has closed a Seattle office and is encouraging the same work-from-home timeline, Google has asked employees to work from home if at all possible, and Microsoft has sent employees home until March 25th.
However, the issues surrounding a seemingly simple effort are numerous. How effective are current remote-work tools? If you feel ill and your allotted time off runs out, is it unethical to return to work? Do work-from-home policies even work?
“It’s really interesting,” Kern said. “Any time something like this happens, it causes you to, on some level, reevaluate the physical being in a place when you can virtually be there and accomplish similar things.”
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