With an inception of coronavirus pandemic, many corporates opted for Work from Home due to strict Stay at Home regulations. This has been done not only for the continuity of work but also to follow social distancing norms. However, the current situation is not in the favourable terms, so many corporates are settling upon permanent Work from Home.
Recently, an announcement was made by microblogging platform, Twitter, stated that it will allow employees work from home permanently. With this, social media platform Facebook and Canadian e-commerce website Shopify have also chosen permanent work from home for their employees.
Tobi Lutke, CEO of Shopify, announced in a tweet, “As of today, Shopify is a digital by default company. 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,”
When corporates were forced to operate from home, many companies redesigned their strategies so they realised that work can actually be carried out without resuming offices. Therefore, they have made an announcement for permanent work from home option.
Facebook too has made an announcement for its employees in a major chunk allowing permanent work from home. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg informed that about half of the company’s strength can work from entirely for the coming 5-10 years. He also added, “The reality is that I don’t think it’s going to be that we wake up one day on January first and nobody has any more concerns about this,”
But MNC tech company, Microsoft, is not joining this bandwagon. Although, Microsoft was the first company that allowed its employees to do work from home in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, expressed that permanent work from home can impact the mental health of an employee. He further explained, “What I miss is when you walk into a physical meeting, you are talking to the person that is next to you, you’re able to connect with them for the two minutes before and after,”