Kitchener-Waterloo tech firms asking employees to work remotely in bid to slow spread of COVID-19

A large number of local tech firms have either asked or ordered their employees to work from home in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The list of firms that have announced a mandatory work-from-home policy on Twitter or confirmed the decision to Global News includes Plum, Shopify, Square, Google, Shinydocs, Igloo Software and ArcticWolf.

A spokesperson for ArcticWolf, a cybersecurity company with approximately 175 employees in KW and 400 across North America, says it made the decision out of an abundance of caution.

“With World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, out of an abundance of caution, and like other companies in our industry, we have asked our employees to work from home,” ArticWolf spokesperson Dan Deeth told Global News via email.

Igloo Software CEO Jason Hahn told Global News in a statement that his company which makes software which helps people work remotely took pause before making the move.

“After very careful consideration of the impact COVID-19 has around the world and ensuring the health and well-being of our employees, Igloo has temporarily enacted our remote work plan,” he said.

Others who have asked employees to work from home on a voluntary basis include Opentext.

“Public health experts advise that social distancing represents one of our best tactics to slow the spread of COVID-19, so we are acting to protect the health of our employees, customers and the communities in which we operate,” a spokesperson for Opentext told Global News.

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