Does your employer have a remote or hybrid work policy? Does your employer want you back in the office once the pandemic is over?
If remote or hybrid work is your cup of tea (or coffee), and your employer is not one of them, read on to learn about 32 companies with remote or hybrid work policies.
Is Covid-19’s end also the end of remote work?
There are serious signs the Covid-19 pandemic will end in the months ahead or be significantly contained. We see this light at the end of the tunnel despite concerns about more surges and new Covid variants. Overall, we have many reasons to be optimistic.
So, how does this optimism impact or change last year’s shift to remote work? Is remote or hybrid work here to stay, or will the pendulum swing back to long commutes and office work?
If you are a manager who just can’t wait to have your staff back in the office where you can see them working (sadly, I had a CEO say that to me), please pay attention:
Your workers do not want to return to the office, at least not full time.
While there are companies who want workers back in the office, many large and small enterprises continue to embrace permanent remote or hybrid work policies. And managers and workers alike seem to agree. A legacy of Covid-19 will be that workers will be allowed to work remotely more often, according to a new study by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and The Network. In that survey, 89% said their future preference is for a job that allows them to work from home, at least part of the time.
A recent survey conducted by 451 Research found that about two-thirds of businesses that adopted remote work policies due to COVID-19 plan to keep at least some of those policies in place long-term or permanently. 47% of respondents say they are likely to reduce their physical office footprint because of the COVID-19 outbreak. More than 20% expect it to decline by more than 25%.
So, why does any of this matter to CEOs and hiring managers? It matters because 47% of current employees would likely leave their jobs after the pandemic if their employers don’t offer a hybrid work model, according to results from Envoy’s Return to the Workplace Report. 41% said they would be willing to take a job with a slightly lower salary if it offered a hybrid work-from-home, in-office model.
Which companies have adopted remote or hybrid work policies?
If you are considering a job change, there are many employers offering flexibility. Here’s a partial list of companies who have decided on not requiring employees back in the office full time:
Employees whose positions allow them to work from home can do so through June 2021.
Employees can continue working from home through Labor Day 2021.
Though the Australian software company won’t be closing its offices, in an internal blog post published in August, the company told employees they could work from home forever.
The cofounders of credit-card startup Brex sent employees an email in August announcing their remote-first shift.
The bank plans to keep all non-essential staff working from home until Labor Day 2021.
Coinbase has become a “remote-first” company, allowing most staff who want to work remotely to do so indefinitely. Once pandemic restrictions are lifted, employees who want to return to the office will be able to for some or all of their working hours.
Dropbox will let all employees work from home permanently. The company sold their headquarters office building. Existing office space will become Dropbox Studios, where people can choose to go into work.
Facebook will allow up to 50% of their employees to work remotely forever. The rest of the company can remain remote until July 2021.
Ford Motor Company
Ford says it will begin phasing in a new remote-office work model, one of the first in the auto industry, giving tens of thousands of employees the option to continue doing their jobs from home indefinitely.
Gitlab has adopted an all-remote work policy for all employees.
Hawke Media is now a fully remote company.
Infosys will allow 33%-50% of its workforce to work from home permanently.
Lambda School has rolled out a permanent work-from-anywhere policy, and employees can work from anywhere in the U.S.
Employees can work from home for approximately 50% of their workweek. Managers have the option to approve full-time remote work for the staff.
The insurance giant announced in April that it would be closing many of its smaller offices across the country, allowing many employees to work from home permanently.
In July, the pharmaceutical company announced a shift from manager-approved remote work to manager-informed remote work, meaning employees can choose to work how, when and where they want. Novartis also said it would be expanding its mental health benefits as part of this initiative.
The Q&A website announced in June that it had adopted a remote-first model, noting that 60% of its employees had chosen to work from home beyond Covid-19.
In October, Reddit said it will grant employees the flexibility to decide where they work in the future: in the office, remotely or a combination of the two.
Salesforce has declared the 9-to-5 workday dead and now offers three categories of flexible work for employees: Flex (only in the office one to three days per week), fully remote, and office-based (the small number of staff who need to be in-person four to five days per week).
All of Shopify’s 5,000 employees can work from home indefinitely.
140,000 of Siemens’ employees can permanently work from home for two to three days per week.
Skillshare is moving to permanent remote work.
Most Slack employees can work from home permanently, and Slack is committing to hiring more permanently remote employees.
Spotify recently announced that employees can choose to work in the office, remotely, or in a company-paid coworking space.
Even when offices begin to open, Square employees will be able to work from home permanently.
Starbucks has extended its remote work plan until October 2021.
Employees in the Minnesota headquarters can continue working remotely until June 2021, with plans for a long-term hybrid model.
Employees at Twitter will be able to work from home indefinitely, going into the office if and when they choose.
Upwork is permanently adopting a remote-first model, with remote work being the default for all employees.
VMware is offering permanent, remote work to all employees.
Zillow announced in July that it would offer 90% of its employees flexible-work options permanently.
Zipwhip has extended its work-from-home policy for all employees through July 2021.
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