Microchip maker Globalfoundries, Vermont’s largest employer, will check the body temperature of workers entering their building starting Friday in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The company is also offering remote work policies for those who are not needed in the fabrication plant or other areas.
“For our U.S. fabs in the Northeast, we have a work-from-home policy for what we call non-fab and non-operational employees,” said Laurie Kelly, vice president of global communications for the firm. “These are essentially people who are not part of the operations of producing our wafers, running our actual facilities … people like finance, legal, HR, communications.”
For several professionals, remote working has been a part of their lives for a while. Michael Ly, who owns accounting firm Reconciled, has 29 employees across nine states. Ly said that he uses tools like Slack and Zoom to maintain a connection with his employees, even creating a virtual lunch room that can be used by anybody at any time.
Remote working has been found to have numerous benefits, such as higher productivity, better work-life balance and a wider talent pool.
Even leaders of the Vermont Legislature announced its lawmakers would soon be remotely for at least a week.