In order to try and curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Twitter has instructed all of its employees across the world to work from home.
In a blog post, the social media company said that it had moved past “strongly encouraging work from home” and is now making it mandatory. Although some people may not be able to fulfill all their duties while working from home, Twitter said that it will continue to pay them while these travel restrictions are in effect.
Parents will also receive additional compensation in order to cover necessary daycare expenses, and all employees will receive money in order to set up an office at home, including “desks, desk chairs, and ergonomic chair cushions.”
Previously, Twitter had advised that employees work from home and suspended “non-critical” travel and events, but insisting that its near-5000 strong workforce self-isolate themselves sets a good example for the rest of the industry.
Other areas of the technology sector are also encouraging people not to travel to help minimize the spread of coronavirus. MIT has forced students to leave campuses and take classes online, while many upcoming conferences – including GDC, F8, Google I/O, SXSW, and E3 – have been canceled.