P&G to office workers: Work from home for rest of March

P&G to office workers: Work from home for rest of March
The P&G headquarters in downtown Cincinnati (File)

CINCINNATI - Procter & Gamble CEO David Taylor asked office employees on Thursday – including roughly 10,000 in Cincinnati – to try to work from home for the rest of March in a bid to keep employees safe from the coronavirus outbreak.

“Social distancing is a key practice to contain COVID-19. Therefore, we are asking all NA (North American) employees who are able to do so to collaborate with your managers on a plan to work from home through the end of March,” Taylor said in a letter to employees obtained by The Enquirer.

According to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer, for factory and distribution center workers, P&G said it is taking “preventive measures” to keep facilities operating safely “while effectively delivering the business need to serve our consumers and customers.”

The company operates 24 U.S. factories and 85 others in 37 countries, including China where the outbreak started in December.

P&G officials said Thursday the company hasn't had a confirmed case of illness or infection among its 97,000 employees worldwide. They did not say what steps they will take in the event an employee falls ill.

Taylor's letter said the company was actively discouraging visitors and cutting back employee travel to "business- or time-critical." The company is also asking managers to postpone or cancel large internal meetings or town halls and to use technology for more web-based or telephone conferenced group communications.

Taylor urged any sick workers to stay home as well as workers who’ve been in contact with someone who is sick.

Company officials also said there has been no slowdown, disruption or shutdown of any of its dozens of factories around the world. In fact, operations at some has increased to meet an uptick in demand for certain household items, such as soaps, surface cleaners and paper towels.

P&G officials haven’t modified their financial projections and are cautious to note that while customers might be stockpiling more products at home, any increase in sales may not represent a permanent increase of demand.

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