Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press Published 1:03 p.m. ET March 13, 2020 | Updated 2:37 p.m. ET March 13, 2020CLOSE If you’re working from home, leave your phone muted when on conference calls. Your co-workers don’t want to hear your kids playing in the background. USA TODAYThe morning commute is starting to look much different due to the coronavirus outbreak increasing the number of employers, now including Detroit automakers, directing or allowing employees to work from home.General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have all announced or expanded some form of remote work program in recent days as Michigan state and public health officials push social distancing and other steps to slow the spread of Covid-19.The work-from-home guidelines apply to employees who aren’t required to work assembly lines and in other similar assignments. GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra and Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett both sent letters Friday with work-from-home directives beginning Monday. FCA CEO Mike Manley sent a letter Thursday that the company’s remote work program, called “Smart Working,” is available to all employees.Ford Motor Company announced Friday that, starting Monday, its global workforce –except those in business-critical roles that cannot be done away from Ford facilities  –will be working remotely until


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