Coinbase CEO announced on twitter that some of their employees would start working from home starting this week. The new decision is because of the threat of new coronavirus (dubbed COVID-19). Another crypto firm, Messari, also asks some employees to work from home.
Remote working as a solution against coronavirus
Brian Armstrong, co-founder & CEO of Coinbase, tweeted about asking some employees to work from home from today. He admits that remote working can not be a complete solution, but may help to prevent the growth of coronavirus epidemic.
The Coinbase CEO published the company’s planning document along with his tweet. The plan focuses on the coronavirus threat and says that the risk of infection for Coinbase employees is still low. But the company has decided to send some employees home to prevent disease as much as possible.
Coinbase employees who are likely to get sick more easily have to work entirely from home from now on. They have to plan the procedure with their direct manager first. Those employees that may have more problem in the case of infection have to work from home, too. The elder ones and those who have a weak immune system are in more danger, according to WHO announcements.
The coronavirus plan document for Coinbase also asks the employees to minimize personal travel. The company has three principles for the current situation and the coming months. It tries to keep employees safe at first. Serving customers with the highest standards at the time of epidemy and try to reduce the spread of the virus as more as possible are the next priorities.
Messari joins the remote movement
Messari is another crypto firm that wants employees to work from home due to coronavirus outbreak. Ryan Selkis, the founder at Mesaari, tweeted today that the company is going to be remote-first, and most planned business travels postponed for the next couple of months.
Selkis also posted a new update on the Messari website from his home office. He admits the importance of prevention in the current outbreak situation and predicts that many upcoming crypto conferences may be canceled or postponed. He also talks about solutions like video conferences and VR meetups that can make remote working more comfortable.