DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley is encouraging employees to work remotely in an effort to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Staffers in places such as China and Italy have been doing this already, but that approach is being expanded to all office employees, Manley said in a message to employees. Some staffers, depending on their duties, will still need to appear in person to work. The program is designed to be flexible to allow for a mix of remote and on-site work, according to a spokesman.
While speaking on the impact of the virus outbreak, Manley said: “Clearly we are now moving beyond regional hotspots and into planning for how this will impact every area of our business across the world.”
“In our office locations, we are accelerating the deployment of working remotely, or ‘Smart Working,'” Manley said in a late Thursday letter to staff that was obtained by Automotive News. “At our offices in China, Korea, Japan and Italy this practice has become…