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17 Big Companies That Won’t Bring Employees Back To Offices This Year

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17 Big Companies That Won’t Bring Employees Back To Offices This Year
17 Big Companies That Won’t Bring Employees Back To Offices This Year

Google extended its work-from-home policy by a full year on July 27th. Employees will not have to return to the company’s campus in the San Francisco Bay Area until June 2021. Uber has just made a similar commitment. Meanwhile, outdoor retailer REI has announced a plan to work remotely indefinitely and sell the company’s new, unused 3.2 acre campus. Zillow, Twitter, Square, and other companies have also announced that employees can work from home indefinitely.

In the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, more than half of Americans want to continue working remotely, while two-thirds of businesses can make their current home work policy permanent. Here is a list of companies that have already promoted remote working as a long-term business strategy.

REI

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REI, the outdoor retailer, just announced that it is selling its new, unused 3-acre corporate campus in Bellevue, Washington. In the same statement dated Aug. 12, CEO Eric Artz said the company will “rely on remote working as a deeply ingrained, supported and standardized model”.

Over

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Uber announced its employees on Aug. 4 that they could work from home until June 2021. Employees also receive a $ 500 grant to set up a home office.

Microsoft

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Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, plans to reopen its offices in January 2021, although it was previously scheduled to reopen in October.

Zillow

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In April, Zillow CEO Rich Barton announced plans to work from home until the end of 2020. The company has since extended this indefinitely. On July 29, the company announced that it would offer employees the opportunity to work from home permanently.

Google

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Google originally announced that employees would be returning to their base in the San Francisco Bay Area on July 6, 2020, and then postponed that date to September. Now Google is extending its work-from-home policy for employees until June 2021.

Reuters

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The international news organization Reuters told employees that they could work from home until January 2021.

Twitter

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San Francisco-based Twitter told its employees in May that they could work from home indefinitely. The company has suspended business travel and personal events for the remainder of 2020.

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Square, also operated by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, adopted a similar policy around the same time, allowing employees to work from home indefinitely even after the offices reopen.

Facebook

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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, told employees in late May that many could work from home indefinitely and that he plans to keep employees away from their offices until 2020.

Foreclosure

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Salesforce announced in May that it would give all employees the opportunity to work from home until 2020, even though the 160 locations around the world will be open on different deadlines.

Amazon

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With Amazon in Seattle, employees can work from home until January 8, 2021, which was recently extended from October.

Spotify

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Spotify announced to employees around the world that they can continue working from home until 2021. Each office is opened according to the guidelines of the city administration.

Hitachi

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Japanese electronics giant Hitachi also allowed its employees to work from home during the pandemic and pledged to keep 70% of its employees working from home permanently.

Coinbase

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Coinbase, a Bay Area-based cryptocurrency exchange, will make working from home a permanent arrangement. CEO Brian Armstrong announced in May that the company will offer office space to those who wish to do so after the shutdown, but most roles will remain removed.

MasterCard

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Mastercard has no plans to formally return to office anytime soon. In May, he said staff can stay away until they are comfortable when they return.

Nielsen

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Research firm Nielsen plans to convert its New York City offices into assembly rooms for employees who will continue to work from home even after the pandemic.

Nationwide insurance

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Nationwide Insurance announced in May that it plans to reduce its size from 20 physical offices to just four post-pandemic. Most of the company’s employees will continue to work from home permanently.

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