Salesforce Says GoodBye to ‘9-To-5 Workday’!
Salesforce, a leading cloud-based, software-as-a-service company, announced in late August that its employees may work from home until at least July 31, 2021. To ensure that employees have what they need to continue working from home, Salesforce is offering $250 for office tools and equipment in addition to the $250 provided earlier in the year.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Salesforce announced on February 9, 2021 that its employees may work “remotely part or full time after the pandemic” and the company will scale back its “real-estate footprint as a result. Also Salesforce expects more than 65% of its workforce to come into the office only one to three days a week in the future, up from 40% before the pandemic.
Based upon employee feedback, Salesforce reported that it will enact the following policies and offer employees “flexibility in how, when and where they work with three ways of working”:
1) Flex: When it’s safe to return to the office, employees around the globe will work flex. This means they’ll be in the office one to three days per week for team collaboration, customer meetings and presentations.
2) Fully Remote: For employees who don’t live near an office or have roles that don’t require an office, they will work remotely full-time.
3) Office-based: The smallest population of the workforce will work from an office location four to five days per week if they’re in roles that require it.
This move is similar to the recent actions undertaken by Amazon and other progressive tech companies. The giant online retailer recently announced that it's starting to build a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, which would offer a wide array of accommodations for people when they return to the office. The project is a massive $2.5 billion mixed-use office and retail complex, which could house about 25,000 employees and include three 22-story office and retail buildings. An outdoors theme will include woodlands, an amphitheater, walking paths, extensive bike parking and a dog run.
These decisions made by top tech companies show the new direction of corporate America post pandemic. It reveals that businesses are spending large amounts of money on building or acquiring real estate, in the belief that the new working style will include a hybrid combination of being both in an office for a few days a week and remotely the rest of the time.
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