David Green, founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby asked employees to tighten their belts.
The CEO and founder of arts-crafts company Hobby Lobby, David Green, has decided to keep businesses open in all states where the mandatory lockdown is not in place.
As reported by the Independent, he wrote in a mail to his employees: "To help ensure our company remains strong and prepared to prosper once again when this passes, we may all have to ‘tighten our belts’ over the near future."
According to the Independent, Green wrote a letter to the employees on March 19 and said that when his wife Barbara prayed for guidance the week before, “God put on [her] heart three profound words to remind us that he’s in control: Guide, Guard, and Groom." He added: "While we do not know for certain what the future holds, or how long this disruption will last, we can all rest in knowing that God is in control."
On the other hand, Business Insider revealed that store operations vice president Randy Betts' memo on 23 March said: "that sick workers will be expected to use their personal paid leave or take an unpaid leave of absence."
While the company has made no official comments regarding the memo, it is yet to be seen how the employees would cope if they do get sick and find themselves completely helpless in the wake of this global crisis.