In a recent tweet, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff promised that the cloud software giant will not conduct any significant layoffs for the next 90 days on the sidelines of COVID-19 pandemic threatening the economy and jobs. This official order doesn’t only include salaried employees, in fact, hourly workers around the world will also be receiving their pay, as usual, while the offices will remain closed to impose social distancing measures. “We will continue to pay our hourly workers while our offices are closed,” stated in the tweet
Benioff, being sympathetic to his employees, took this pledge to set an example to his employees. He further wrote in the tweet, “We encourage our Ohana — a Hawaiian word for ‘family’, to keep paying their own personal hourly workers like housekeepers & dog walkers.”
Similar to other tech vendors, the coronavirus crisis has taken a toll on Salesforce’s market valuation as well. However, in the wake of this outbreak, apart from laying out an eight-point plan to deal with coronavirus, the company has also donated $1 million to UCSF’s COVID-19 Respond Fund and $500 thousand to the CDC Foundation’s emergency response fund.
The initiative was directly from Salesforce co-founder and CEO Marc Benioff, for his 49,000 employees — to stay outside of the unemployment circle.