Companies encouraging extended remote work due to coronavirus – Business Insider
- Many major companies remain remote as the coronavirus pandemic wears on — and plenty have no immediate plans to return to the office.
- Indeed and Google extended their work-from-home policies by an entire year. Employees don’t have to return to offices until summer 2021, and both companies plan to accommodate remote work indefinitely in some capacity. Uber, American Express, and Airbnb have also extended their remote work policies.
- Meanwhile, outdoor retailer REI announced a plan to work remotely indefinitely — and to sell the company’s new, unused 8-acre campus.
- Following the pandemic, more than half of Americans want to continue working remotely while two-thirds of companies may render their current work-from-home policies permanent.
- Here’s a list of companies that have already announced remote work as a long-term business strategy.
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Job-search giant Indeed told all 10,000 employees to remain remote until July 2021. The company also announced the possibility of making the arrangement more permanent on a case-by-case basis.
On August 26, Airbnb extended its work-from-home policy until the end of August 2021. They are offering a $500 stipend to employees for home office equipment, along with a $500 quarterly credit to use specifically on Airbnbs.
Uber told employees that they could work from home through June 2021 on August 4. Employees will also receive a $500 stipend to set up a home office.
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Reuters, the international news organization, told employees they can work from home until January 2021.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees in late May that many would be able to work from home indefinitely, and plans to keep staff remote through 2020.
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Seattle-based Amazon will allow employees to work from home through January 8, 2021, which was recently extended from October.
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Spotify told employees worldwide that they may continue working from home until 2021. Each office will open according to government guidelines city-by-city.
Japanese electronic giant Hitachi also allowed employees to work from home amid the pandemic, and committed to having 70% of its employees work from home permanently.
Coinbase, a cryptocurrency exchange company based in the Bay Area, will make working from home a permanent arrangement. CEO Brian Armstrong announced in May that the company will offer office space for those who would like it following lockdown, but most roles will remain remote.
Mastercard does not plan to implement a formal return to the office anytime soon. In May, it said employees can remain remote until they are comfortable returning.
Nationwide Insurance announced in May that it plans to downsize from 20 physical offices to just four following the pandemic. The majority of the company’s employees will continue to work from home permanently.
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