all-electronics has asked many companies of the electronic business, how they deal with the Corona restrictions. The companies are reporting, which measures has been taken, how their exit strategy is looking like und what kind of political support they wish. In a summary report we publish the most important quotes.
How did you or your company get along with the Corona restrictions? What activities have been taken to deal with the situation?
Christelle Moraga: We have implemented work-from-home globally, except in China where employees have been allowed to return to work. We have also reinforced social-distancing practices and adopted strict travel restrictions as part of the measures taken for the health and safety of our employees. We have worked hard to improve our employees’ work from home experiences and productivity. In addition to connectivity enhancements, we’ve increased internal communication to keep our employees informed and engaged. To alleviate anxiety and enable better focus, our President and CEO Victor Peng communicated to our employees that there will be no workforce reductions during the rest of this calendar year. We’ll control expenses as appropriate by means other than job elimination.
As a company, we are doing our part to fight COVID-19. For our healthcare industry customers, we have formed a taskforce to provide special assistance, prioritize product fulfillment and expedite shipments. We are proud that our technology, which powers millions of medical devices like ventilators, patient monitors, respirators and patient ICU beds plays a role in combatting the Coronavirus. In late January, we supported China’s largest medical equipment maker, Mindray, with thousands of Spartan-7 FPGAs to power patient monitoring systems. We are currently working to support some of the largest medical suppliers in the US such as GE Healthcare, as well as companies in Europe such as Philips and Asia to supply products for testing and treating COVID-19.
In addition, Xilinx donated a total of $1.1 million to several organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as regional and local non-profit institutions.
What does the exit strategy look like in order to return to a “normal” day-to-day work routine and what time period do you plan for it?
Christelle Moraga: We will take a phased approach to return to offices to ensure the health and safety of all working at Xilinx. This includes social distancing, ensuring appropriate density, offering masks and limiting activities significantly.
Will the corona-related restrictions change your everyday work and organization even after the pandemic has ended?
Christelle Moraga: Yes, we will continue to ensure we are taking action to ensure the health and safety of our employees. For example, deep cleaning of offices, and limiting travel, meetings and events with large numbers.
Which political support would you like to have, or which activities are necessary to ensure that normal working life is restored?
Christelle Moraga: We don’t think there is a normal working life to return to…many things will have changed.