Mar 13, 2020

Companies from Ford to Unilever send staff to work from home

Tens of thousands of office workers around the world have been told to work from home as some of the biggest global companies took unprecedented action to limit the spread of coronavirus. Ford and General Motors told non-factory staff to work remotely from Monday, while Unilever said all office-based employees globally should do so outside China. Meanwhile carmaker GM told staff it was changing production schedules to allow for "Additional cleaning" at factories, while non-frontline staff should work remotely from Monday. Ford chief executive Jim Hackett told staff in an email that "We are instructing much of our global workforce, except those in business-critical roles that cannot be done away from Ford facilities, to work remotely until further notice". Companies with staff that cannot work from home, such as in retail and manufacturing, are still deciding what action to take.

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