WeWork is offering some of its employees $100 a day if they feel comfortable coming into work amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Earlier this week, WeWork’s COO Shyam Gidumal offered members of the company’s community teams a bonus worth $100 a day or up to $500 week through the month of April as an extra reward for them working out of WeWork offices, according to an internal memo obtained by CNBC. The bonus applies to community teams in the U.S. and Canada. The existence of the memo was previously reported by the New York Times.
WeWork’s community teams include associates who are responsible for supporting members’ needs, including handling any mail or packages, on-site programming and member communications, among other services.
WeWork said the purpose of the bonuses was not to entice employees to come into work, but rather to reward employees who felt comfortable coming in. The bonuses, which will be paid out in a lump sum each month, are being given “in recognition of our community employee’s willingness to support our members by keeping our buildings open and operating during these extraordinary times,” Gidumal wrote in the memo.
Last week, WeWork executive chairman Marcelo Claure and CEO Sandeep Mathrani directed all of the company’s employees, including community teams, to work from home through at least the end of March, according to a separate memo obtained by CNBC. Anyone working from home will receive regular pay for the time spent working remotely and aren’t required to use paid time off, paid sick time or other leave entitlements, WeWork said.
Although WeWork’s employees were told to work remote, many of WeWork’s shared office spaces remain open to serve members who are “essential businesses,” such as companies in the health care, financial services, manufacturing and food distribution industries, the company said.
“WeWork is a service provider and we have an obligation to keep our buildings open,” Claure and Mathrani wrote in the memo. “We too have members counting on us to remain open so they can run their companies to generate revenue, pay their people, and continue serving their customers.”
WeWork has increased building cleanings, reduced staffing models and made other changes to “prioritize the health and safety of you, our members and our communities,” Claure and Mathrani wrote in the memo.
As the coronavirus outbreak has worsened, many states around the country have ordered nonessential businesses to close, in order to stop the spread of the virus. Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told non-essential businesses to keep 100% of their workforce at home. Businesses that provide essential services, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and food delivery, are allowed to stay open, but must make sure that employees and customers maintainat least 6 feet of space between each other. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had pushed for the order amid an “explosion of cases” in New York City……..Read More>>