Organizations and Billionaires around the world are reacting to the outbreak of the Coronavirus in different ways.
Facebook, through the “Chan Zuckerberg initiative”, donated two clinical diagnostic machine, in a bid to help curb the Coronavirus outbreak. Facebook’s Chief Operations Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, alongside her fiance, Tom Bernthal, also partnered with other tech billionaires to raise funds. A total of $7 million emergency food bank fund was raised for the San Francisco Bay Area.
Facebook, has now decided to take things a step further, as it has announced a $1,000 bonus for its employees. The bonus will only be available to full time employees and not contractors. Earlier this month, Facebook initially said that it would continue to pay it’s hourly workers their regular wages despite reduced working hours.
Big tech companies have put into effect, remote working orders, as the pandemic continues to spread. Twitter and Google have made working from home mandatory for its global workforce. Facebook on the other hand, have disclosed that some it’s staff must work from the office for safety, privacy and legal reasons. The company reassures that steps are being taken to ensure health and safety. Limited social contact in the office and regular deep cleaning are in place.
Aside from the bonus to its employees, Facebook, through its COO, Sheryl Sandberg, announced its plans for small business owners. Small businesses across 30 countries who have been hit by the Coronavirus will get a total sum of $100million from Facebook. That would be an average of $3,333 per business.
In a post announcing the grants, Facebook said,”We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of Covid – 19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way. So we are offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time”. The company, said the program can help businesses with rent and operational costs. It will also help maintain workforce and connecting with customers.
Businesses do not need to be on Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp to apply. Facebook will begin accepting applications in coming weeks.