Intel, Texas Instruments step up employee support during COVID-19 pandemic

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Last week, The Burn-In reported that Amazon, Google, and Twitter had asked staffers to work from home in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Those technology companies have asked their employees to work remotely to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chipmakers Intel and Texas Instruments (TI) have also asked their corporate team members to stay home during the international health crisis.

Intel’s Coronavirus Response

Last week, Intel told Oregon Live it is endeavoring “to operate on a relatively normal basis” despite the outbreak. Notably, the firm has not revised its second-quarter earnings to account for disruptions to the global components supply chain. However, the corporation has asked its employees to work from home if their roles allow it.

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Though based in Santa Clara, California, the company is Oregon’s largest employer, maintaining a staff of 20,000 in its Washington County.

Intel announced it would “pay-in-full” employees and contractors that report to its plants for at least the next two months. The company has also committed to compensating staffers who are under self-quarantine. The chipmaker revealed it would provide up to 15 days of care for workers who need child and elder care support.

Intel has also initiated limited seating in its cafeterias and minimized attendance demands for its in-person meetings. The company noted it launched similar programs in China to limit the impact of the coronavirus on its local factory workers.

In addition, the component manufacturer has teamed with the Beijing-based BGI Genomics to accelerate analysis of the coronavirus’ genomic characteristics.

Texas Instruments’ Reaction to COVID-19

On March 13, TI officially advised employees who could stay home to do so in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The chipmaker also noted its manufacturing facilities would remain open, but it’s taking steps to protect its 30,000 strong workforce. Thus far, the company has ramped up the frequency of its cleaning protocols and restricted corporate business trips.

TI is also offering additional sick leave to employees who need time off related to school closures and “other disruptions.”

Earlier this month, the manufacturer canceled an annual confab it intended to hold in Dallas because of coronavirus concerns. The firm planned to hold the Teachers Teaching with Technology International Conference on March 13-15 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The Omni Dallas Hotel had reserved 2,500 rooms for the event’s attendees.

TI also pledged to donate $300,000 to the China Youth Development Foundation in response to the crisis. Since 1989, the nonprofit organization worked to bring education to the region’s economically challenged rural students.

Undoubtedly, the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most harrowing events of the new century. However, it is heartening to know two of the world’s largest technology companies are working out for the health and wellbeing of their workers during the crisis.

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