Throughout 2020, many of us experienced a great change in our working environment. Companies have discovered that their workforce can work productively from anywhere, not just in the office. Many business leaders are now realising that the future of work may be remote, pandemic or not. We’ve gathered a round up of some of the top companies that are making the switch to a remote working model in the long term.
Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai informed employees they should expect to work from home until September 2021. They expect to reassess the situation and are looking to implement a hybrid model of working in future whereby employees work a few days in the office and a few day remote each week.
In May 2020, Shopify announced they would not be reopen offices until sometime in 2021. The CEO Tobi Lutke tweeted;
“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.”
Much like other digital companies, this attitude appears to be replicated. Given that their business is all online, why shouldn’t employees be able to work from any location also?
Square announced that even after offices reopen post-Covid, employees can work from home indefinitely if they choose to. CEO Jack Dorsey (also CEO of Twitter, supporting remote working for both companies) explained that this applies only to people who can fully carry out their roles remotely, and encourages people to work in a way that maximises their productivity and creativity.
The cryptocurrency exchange company wants to make remote working the norm for its employees. Coinbase will transition most of their roles to being permanently remote, whilst also offering office space for those who wish to return for some or all of their workday post-pandemic.
5. American Express
The company has promoted remote jobs for a number of years, ensuring they do not limit potential talent due to location, however these are limited to certain job roles. American Express extended its temporary remote work policy until the end of June 2021, but is reopening its offices in phases. Employees have the choice to come back into offices or keep working from home if they feel more comfortable there.
In June 2020, Fujitsu announced an ambitious campaign to redefine working styles for its employees in Japan in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of their “Work Life Shift” campaign, Fujitsu explained in their press release
“For employees in Japan, this latest initiative will mark the end of the conventional notion of commuting to and from fixed offices, while simultaneously granting them a higher degree of autonomy based on the principle of mutual trust.”
Nationwide had one of the quickest reactions to the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 98% of its 27,000 employees working from home in just five business. Going forward, they expect to continue a hybrid model of working, with the majority of employees set to work remotely permanently. Due to this, they are making plans to downsize and close many of their physical offices worldwide.
Salesforce has extended its remote work policy until August 2021, but is slowly reopening global premises dependent on local government guidelines. Salesforce is also expanding remote-work benefits for its employees, giving each person $250 to purchase office supplies for their homes and parents also have the option to take six additional weeks of paid time off.
The website announced in June that it had adopted a remote-first model. 60% of its employees had suggested they would work from home post-Covid. Quora will convert its office in Mountain View, California, into a co-working space for employees. The only stipulation CEO Adam D’Angelo has for remote working is that all meetings will require everyone to be on their own camera so employees still get some human interaction.
Slack announced that their offices will remain closed until at least June 2021. They openly acknowledged how office-centric the company was pre-pandemic, but has since dramatically reassessed their business structures and is transitioning to a remote-first business. This means hiring permanently remote staff and adjusting their infrastructure to best suit this new style of working.
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