“How companies respond to that very question is going to define their brand for decades.”
That is how billionaire Mark Cuban responded when asked when he thinks it is safe to send people back to work amid the coronavirus outbreak. Since the onset of the virus’ spread, Cuban has led by example, immediately announcing that he would continue to pay the salaries of arena workers after the NBA announced that it would be suspending its season.
We wanted to see what companies from various industries were doing to support employees during this difficult time, so we did some digging. This is a non-comprehensive report on what companies in tech, finance, retail, media, and other industries are doing to help their workers.
We’re focusing this report on the work that companies are doing specifically for their employees. Plenty of companies are offering free/discounted services to help the general population.
Note: it seems like everything in the news is about what’s not being provided or what isn’t available. In an effort to change the narrative a bit, this report only spotlights good things that companies are doing.
Second note: some of the information below was directly told to us by employees (hence no external link to another media outlet).
This is a living report; we’ll be updating as we do more research. If your company is doing something cool to assist its employees, and you would like to share, then shoot us an email!
Stay safe and wash your hands!
Netflix — pledging $100 million to help cast and crew members who can’t work
Microsoft — continuing to pay on-campus workers their hourly wages
Google — established a paid sick leave fund for temporary staff vendors if they come down with symptoms of the coronavirus
Amazon — offering paid sick leave for employees that test positive for COVID-19
Apple — offering unlimited paid sick leave to Apple store and other retail staff experiencing symptoms
Facebook — giving every employee a one-time $1,000 bonus to help them shift to remote work amidst higher usage from users
Shopify — providing every employee with a one-time $1,000 bonus
Salesforce — committing to paying hourly employees that cannot work due to office closures
CVS — providing bonuses to in-store workers (pharmacists, store associates, and managers) of $150 to $500, and hiring an additional 50k employees for various full-time and part-time roles
TJ-Maxx — paid employees in full up until April 11th.
Starbucks — (starting March 13) continuing to pay employees for the next 30 days
BJ’s Wholesale Club — increasing wages for frontline workers
Nike — paying employees in full after closing all North America stores
McDonald’s — offering sick leave of up to two weeks to at employees at company-owned locations have been offered sick leave to quarantine for up to two weeks
Molson Coors Brewers — providing “thank you” pay to brewery workers because they closed all corporate offices, but those workers still have to come in
Marriott — reducing salary for executives
Airbnb — giving 14 weeks of base pay to workers that are laid off and 12 months of paid health insurance
Accenture — allowing employees to expense $100 per day for in-home childcare since most schools are closed
Ernst & Young — ensuring employees that there will be no lay-offs, and extended their PTO policy
Bain — providing a stipend for setting up a home office
PwC — offering money for childcare reimbursement. Employees can expense $100/day for up to twelve days
Cognizant — extended paid sick leave to 14 days globally, and increased for employees in India and the Philippines by 25% for the month of April.
Marsh & McLennan Companies — ensuring all employees that it will not be laying off any employees
Visa — ensuring no layoffs for 20,000 employees
Citigroup — giving $1,000 to employees in need and extending the PTO policy for employees taking time off
Bank of America — committing to no layoffs this year, despite recently hiring 2,000 new employees
NBA — reducing salary by 20% for the top 100 executives in the league office
Vox Media — sending consistent communications from the CEO encouraging employees to prioritize personal health and family over work
MLB — donating $30 million ($1 million per team) to help stadium employees who cannot work
AT&T — extending the paid leave policy for employees
Disney — paying all of its ‘cast members’ (employees that work in theme parks, in hotels, and/or on cruise lines) through the month of March
WarnerMedia — committing $100 million to production team members who cannot work because of the outbreak
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