Sign In

Communications of the ACM

ACM News

Farewell to Gummy Bear Jars: Tech Offices Get a Virus Safety Makeover

View as: Print Mobile App Share:
The Salseforce building in San Francisco.

Many tech companies will require employees to fill out online health surveys and take their temperature before permitting them to enter their offices.

Credit: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

When employees at Salesforce, the cloud software giant based in San Francisco, eventually return to their office towers, they may find that the fun is gone from their famously fun-loving workplaces.

No more chatting in the elevator. No hugging. No more communal snack jars.

Before employees can even go into the office, they will be required to fill out online health surveys and take their temperature. If they pass the health screening and have a good reason to go in, Salesforce will schedule their shifts — and send them digital entry tickets for the lobby with an arrival time.

In the lobby, employees will be asked to wait for the elevator on social-distancing floor markers and stand on other markers once inside the elevator.

These new command-and-control work practices are intended to help protect Salesforce's more than 50,000 employees as the company undertakes a colossal task: figuring out how to safely reopen its more than 160 offices around the world.


From The New York Times
View Full Article



No entries found

Sign In for Full Access
» Forgot Password? » Create an ACM Web Account