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Condé Nast, Hearst employees work-from-home option amid coronavirus



Condé Nast and Hearst are giving their NYC employees the option of working from home in light of the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected 170 in NY so far.

Over at Meredith, 140 workers in its Seattle office are already working from home, while the media giant preps for more work-at-home options.

“The office is open, but if people want to work from home and can do their jobs from home, they can,” said a spokesman for Condé Nast, publisher of The New Yorker, Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Condé Nast staffers in Los Angeles and San Francisco had begun working from home last week. But the bulk of its 3,000 US staffers are working out of its downtown Manhattan offices.

Hearst, which had Elle Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia and Marie Claire Editor-in-Chief Aya Kanai on self quarantine after they returned from the European fashion shows two weeks ago, is also giving its employees the option of working from home this week amid rising coronavirus fears.

InStyle Editor-in-Chief Laura Brown was staying out of the Meredith NYC office until Monday after returning from coronavirus-infected Milan over two weeks ago.

Meredith, which has TV and magazine operations, is also studying when and how to implement a wider work-from-home scenario at its HQ in Des Moines, Iowa and its downtown offices in NYC, as well as at its 17 TV stations.

“Meredith is preparing for a WFH situation across the company,” said spokesman Art Slusark. “We’ve instructed employees to take their laptops home and test through our virtual private network and resolve any issues in advance … We are also assessing what critical business functions would be difficult to perform from home and exploring all alternative options.”

Coronavirus prevention is also spreading to the world of commercials. Hershey Co. is pulling two ad spots that show people interacting with hugs and handshakes, Ad Age was reporting Tuesday. Hershey is reportedly replacing the spots that showed Bob Williams and Diggy Moreland handing out Hershey bars to strangers, accompanied by hugs and handshakes, with spots featuring only chocolate bars, text and voiceovers.

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