Remote-working, Sick Pay; Smart Companies Respond to Covid-19
Covid-19 has completely taken the world by surprise, not just in terms of being a new virus discovery, and even I wasn’t bought into the ‘hype’ initially.
I used to tell friends, ‘oh it’s just like the flu’, or ‘the flu kills more people’.
Now, I’m worried.
The virus is quickly spreading like wild-fire and taking over the world. Countries are shut from tourists, and if you happen to live in a country that has closed its borders, you can’t gather in public. Italy has implemented ‘one person in the shop’ at a time rule.
When thinking about how companies around the world have reacted, it has been pretty inspirational. Forward-thinking companies are offering staff to work from home and also extending sick pay and other benefits.
Apple has also set up a fund, donating $15 million to help combat the virus.
Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Amazon have all implemented remote working policies, and all this with employees’ health as a priority.
What the response of the big US companies shows you is that employers need to think about their employees, and put them first. Yes, it can be tough for a smaller business to do as much as Facebook or Twitter, but if you truly value your employees and care for them, then your actions will speak a thousand words.
Your employees will know you care, and they will be even more loyal in the long run.