To cope with even economic difficulties that occur at this complicated time due to the coronavirus, Google has decided to set up a fund that it will support external and temporary collaborators during their remote activity or in case of illness if symptoms related to COVID-19. According to New York Times these are about 120,000 people distributed all over the world, more than 115,000 employed by them (data updated to Q3 2019).
Google: a fund for external collaborators
A measure that is added to those already introduced last week with completely similar purposes, ensuring that there will be no penalties in terms of wages and salaries for those who because of the epidemic see their commitment reduced or completely canceled. Among the giants of the hi-tech world, Microsoft has done the same.
In the same hours, the Mountain View team recommended that their collaborators located in North America work from home, in modality smart working (or agile work), so as to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
We know it is an uncertain moment and that everyone is trying to find their way among many ambiguities at the moment. As we go through it, we want to help anyone in our workforce prioritize their health and that of our communities.
To date, according to the contagion map compiled on the basis of the numbers provided by theWorld Health Organization, the number of confirmed cases has risen to 119,132 worldwide, 1,037 in the United States. Unfortunately, the latter share seems to be growing rapidly, replicating a dynamic that we have seen triggered in recent weeks also in Italy.