Companies Switching to Permanent Work From Home
The industries were planning for the return to office strategy but due to the surge in Coronavirus cases, companies announced permanent work from home for at least some of their employees. Here’s a list of the companies that have announced permanent remote work.
US-based tech giant, Microsoft will let employees work from home permanently if they choose. The company will allow employees to work from home freely for less than 50% of their working week, and managers will be able to approve permanent remote work.
The technology giant has decided to expand its work-from-home policy and make it permanent for some workers. The company unveiled “hybrid workplace” guidance internally to allow for far greater flexibility once US offices eventually reopen.
Microsoft also announced to slowly reopen its Redmond, Washington-based headquarters and nearby campuses from March 29 with a six-stage hybrid workplace strategy.
Twitter says employees can work from home forever. The company said that the majority of employees will work from home until 2021. In May 2020, Company announced that many of its employees will be permitted to work from home permanently even after the end of the coronavirus lockdowns.
Twitter said any reopening of its offices will be “careful, intentional, office by office and gradual” when conditions permit.
Tech giant Facebook has also announced that a major chunk of its employees can now permanently work from home. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg laid out a detailed remote-working plan to make half of the company’s workforce work from home by 2030.
According to Mark Zuckerberg, about half of Facebook employees would work from home in five to 10 years.
In October 2020, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon estimated that 20-30 per cent of the company’s staff will work from home on a rotating schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report. Its employees have been working on a rotation for some time, although only a quarter are back in its New York City offices.
The cloud-storage company, Dropbox will let all employees work from home permanently as it turns its offices into WeWork-like ‘collaborative spaces’. The shift comes after an internal survey found nearly 90% of Dropbox workers said they were more productive at home.
A subsidiary of Dell, VMware specializes in cloud and virtualization software and services has announced that it will continue remote working to promote workplace diversity.
VMware staff will continue to choose to work from home or in the office. Rich Lang, senior vice president of human resources, said staff members would be able to choose permanent remote work, “flexible” working, working near a VMware office, or working full-time from a VMware office.
Amazon has extended the remote work policy for office employees until June 30, 2021. The Tech giant extended its remote work policy, which previously was set until Jan. 8, 2021.
American Express is extending its work from home policy through June 2021 in an effort to provide its entire global workforce with additional flexibility during the coronavirus pandemic.
Recently, Automobile major Ford Motor Co. has announced that about 30,000 of its employees worldwide, who have worked from home, can continue to do so indefinitely, with flexible hours approved by their managers.
In July, these Ford employees can return to the office for tasks that require meeting in-person, such as group projects. They can choose to work from home for any other assignment.
Salesforce on 9th February announced that its employees will have the option to work remotely full-time, even when it’s safe to return to the office. The company’s new policy gives wide flexibility to its employees and follows the lead of other technology firms adapting workplace rules for the post-pandemic period.
Brent Hyder, President, and Chief People Officer, Salesforce informed that the smallest population of the workforce will work from an office location 4-5 days per week if employees are in roles that require it.
Germany’s Siemens has decided to let its employees work from wherever they want for two or three days a week, in the latest example of how the coronavirus is making major companies re-think how and where their staff work.
“The aim is to enable the employees worldwide to work on a mobile basis for an average of two or three days a week, whenever reasonable and feasible,” Siemens said in a statement.
Indian IT majors Infosys has announced that 33 per cent of employees will work permanently from home. Richard Lobo, Executive Vice President, Head HR, Infosys said, “Once things are normal, over a period of time, probably 50 per cent of employees will come to office and the rest will work from home. Moving on, 66 per cent will be in office but 33 per cent will work permanently from home.” The IT company has more than 2.4 lakh employees worldwide.
In the IT sector, TCS announced that a whopping 75% of its 4.48 lakh employees globally will work from home by 2025. The Company has announced the way for 25 by 25 vision—by 2025, only 25 per cent of the TCS workforce will work out of the TCS facilities at any time, with associates spending only 25 per cent of their time in the office.
Wipro has extended work from home for its employees till Sunday, April 4, 2021. As of now, nearly 98% of our employees are working from home,” said Saurabh Govil, President & Chief Human Resources Officer of the company.