As Businesses Close, WeWork Tries to Lure Workers Back


Source: The New York Times

In the fight against the spreading coronavirus, countless businesses, restaurants and bars have temporarily shuttered to stop people from congregating.

But WeWork, which operates shared work spaces, has kept most of its locations open. As of Tuesday, WeWork’s website said that only two of its co-working offices in North America were closed and that none were closed in Europe. The last public communication about the virus from the company to its customers, which include freelancers, small businesses and large corporations like Amazon, was 12 days ago, in which it listed the precautions it was taking. WeWork has allowed employees who normally staff its locations to work from home, but this week it started to entice some to go in with $100-a-day bonuses, according to an internal memo reviewed by The New York Times.

One thing is clear: A widespread shutdown could deal a grievous blow to WeWork, a once celebrated start-up that was already struggling.

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