The German oil and additive specialist has given €1,000 to all of its workers worldwide

Liqui Moly Ernst Prost

MD Ernst Prost says people must pull together in solidarity

German oil and additive specialist Liqui Moly has reacted to the coronavirus crisis by paying a bonus of €1,000 to all of its employees.

Liqui Moly now has almost its entire administration team working from home. The move is intended to protect all workers while keeping production running.

“Today, we have largely been able to ensure in all corporate areas that we are mastering this balancing act between preventive health care and continued work,” managing director Ernst Prost wrote to the workforce.

“Now, I can imagine that the current circumstances are not only time-consuming for you, but also involve additional financial expenditure. As a token of our appreciation, allow me to give you an extra €1,000 gross with your next salary payment – to a certain extent, as a financial corona consolation.”

While other companies are introducing shorter working hours or are considering making cuts, the Liqui Moly boss is setting a precedent. “The current developments are not leaving us unaffected either; the economic consequences will be brutal. That is precisely why we must now do our part to solve this crisis with our brains and wits, with commitment and diligence, and definitely with courage and confidence.”

All Liqui Moly employees worldwide are receiving the same amount for this bonus – from the department manager in Germany to the warehouse clerk in South Africa.

“In most parts of the world, the economic consequences are more severe, because the social network there is less robust or completely absent,” says Prost. “Besides, spending money on the economy is exactly what we need right now to keep jobs.”

Prost says he is pleased about the team spirit within the company. “It is very gratifying to see how we come closer together in such a situation, do our work unwaveringly and pull together in solidarity,” he says.