May 9th, 2020, Kathmandu
Google and Facebook have announced that they will allow most of their employees to work from home through the end of 2020.
Facebook does not plan to re-open most of its offices until July 6 at the earliest. The company will be considering factors like public health data, government guidance, and local nuances while deciding whether to re-open its offices.
Similarly, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google confirms that they will most likely work remotely for the rest of the year.
Google and Facebook employees have been working from home, like many other companies to help stop the coronavirus spread. The announcements by two of the largest tech companies indicate a quick adaptation to the current epidemic. It also indicates how the tech industry from Silicon Valley may reopen their businesses in the coming months.
The slightest of changes in these giant company’s operations can affect several thousand workers around the world. Facebook currently has more than 48,000 full-time employees, while Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has more than 120,000 employees.
Easing Work from Home for Female Workers
Facebook suspended its performance ratings of their female employees under the recommendation of Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg. Besides, the company has extended childcare benefits and work flexibility.
The company is aware that in a remote work situation, the female workers face a challenge balancing household works and official works. Therefore, the company has urged all its male workers to help and lighten the load of their female workers at home.
Facebook and Google to allow work from home have helped many workers across the globe. It not only makes the workers feel comfortable but also provides a sense of job security.
Tech Industry Continue To Hire Employees
While most companies are laying off employees due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19, tech giants like Apple and Amazon have thousands of job openings. Many of these companies are planning to offer summer internships through a work from home scenario.
Companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon are still hiring workers at this time. Each of these companies is listing at least 2,000 job openings on their respective web sites.
Facebook also plans to hire 10,000 people across its tech and product team in 2020.
Silicon Valley on Rescue
It seems like Silicon Valley, home to many tech companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix will be booming regardless of the pandemic.
At this time, the travel, education, and hotel industry have been hit hard. Banking, Construction, and Manufacturing industries are also freeing its employees to cut down on expenses. The tech industry seems to be least affected when it comes to surviving in this dark crisis. It is the only industry to start providing job opportunities to the ones who have just lost their jobs.