Wondering how long the work-from-home setup is going to last? As of May 22, here are the companies that have extended the policy until 2021 or permanently due to the global pandemic issue.
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, reportedly announced last May 8 that the majority of its employees could possibly be working from home throughout the year. According to CNBC, the company’s offices will slowly begin reopening as early as June but with only 10 to 15 percent capacity at any one time to allow for the right precautions. The reopening is said to be focused on workers who need access to special equipment that are only available in the offices.
Meanwhile, the extension of Spotify’s work-from-home arrangement was announced yesterday. Employees can allegedly choose to work from home through the end of the year. “We will continue to track local government guidelines city-by-city and take a phased approach of opening our offices when we deem it safe to do so. Our employees’ health and safety is our top priority. No employee will be required to come into the office,” Spotify told Variety.
Twitter, Facebook, and Canadian e-commerce website Shopify, on the other hand, will let theirs work from home permanently.
Twitter employees will be allowed to work from home even after the lockdown passes, as announced by Buzzfeed last May 12. However, those whose jobs require physical presence will still be asked to come in.
As of today, Shopify is a digital by default company. We will keep our offices closed until 2021 so that we can rework them for this new reality. And after that, most will permanently work remotely. Office centricity is over.
— Tobi Lutke 🌳🌲🛒🕹 (@tobi) May 21, 2020
Yesterday, Shopify CEO Tobi Lutke posted on Twitter that their offices will be closed until 2021 but most of the site’s employees will permanently work remotely. He also stated that “office centricity is over.”
Facebook has just joined the conversation as Mark Zuckerberg went live on the social media platform itself earlier today saying that around 50% of their workforce can probably work from home entirely in the next 5 to 10 years.
Live from our internal weekly company townhall sharing an update on our approach to remote work.
Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, May 21, 2020
Zuckerberg also says that he is optimistic about remote work and that it has the potential to be “very good both for the community that we serve, us, and the world overall.”
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