Outbreak, but tech workers really can’t work from home

March 11 (UPI) — Many companies have launched remote work plans to deal with the spread of the new corona pneumonia outbreak, but it doesn’t work for all employees, even in the tech industry, or even those who need to sit at the screen all day, according tomedia reports.

Outbreak, but tech workers really can't work from home

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Telecommuting is an important tool to help slow the spread of the epidemic, but it is not a panacea.

Big companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, IBM and Salesforce are encouraging employees who can work from home to work from home. The company’s telecommuting efforts were initially concentrated in the Seattle area, then expanded to the San Francisco Bay Area and are now expanding to other areas. Ibm, for example, said Monday that employees in New York City and Westchester should work from home until further notice.

But it’s worth noting that corporate notifications about working from home are largely accompanied by words like “employees who can work from home.”

In fact, there are a lot of jobs in the tech industry that are not suitable for remote work, and the number is even greater than expected:

Content moderators. Because employees often need to view their customers’ private data, companies have begun to restrict this work to in-house to protect privacy.

App Store Reviewer: In companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google, such employees need to check code that is not published by third-party developers, so these companies don’t want the data to appear outside their premises.

Those who do professional jobs: Workers in Intel, not just factories, can’t work remotely. Chip architects — and factory engineers who make masks for printing chips — need specialized systems that cannot be operated remotely and therefore cannot work from home.

Some of the restrictions on these jobs may change as companies add new software and security features to protect customer data , but these measures will need to be implemented with caution and time.

In general, in addition to these technical jobs, there are more obvious jobs that are difficult to move to remote work:

Security personnel, including those responsible for patrolling the perimeter of the Technology Park, and those responsible for protecting employees, machines, and company secrets within the building.

The operator of the data center. Although at least some of the work has been transferred to the remote side, some of them still need to stay in the company’s offices to keep the data center running.

The distribution staff. They are responsible for distributing goods to various home appliance platforms, many of whom are part-time workers.

Logistics personnel. They include employee commuter bus drivers, office cleaners, corporate chefs, and more. Many tech giants say they will ensure that these hourly workers are paid regularly while a large number of workers work from home.

On the other hand, telecommuting policies may help those who have to work in the office. Companies hope that fewer people in the office will make it safer for those who have to get the company to work.

Of course, such a rapid shift to a new way of working will require adjustment and adaptation, both at the individual level, for telecommuting novices, or for technology companies themselves.