What are the new remote working policies at the largest tech companies? By Laura Beales

Covid-19 has upended daily life and changed the way we work as we could never have imagined. When the crisis subsides, it'll remake the workplace too. The world’s largest tech companies including Facebook, Twitter and Spotify have begun sharing plans about how they'll adapt their work cultures to adapt. 

Twitter

Twitter will allow its employees to work from home “forever”, chief executive officer Jack Dorsey said in a company-wide email in May 2020. “We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks to work from home given our emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce capable of working from anywhere," a Twitter spokesperson said. "The past few months have proven we can make that work."

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Google

Google plans to start reopening its office in July 2021 but at a 10% capacity. Slowly increasing this over time. The search giant has not shared much else of its remote-work plans, but it has said the majority employees will be allowed to work from home till at least the end of th year.

Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg told Facebook employees that Facebook will permanently embrace remote work, even after coronavirus lockdowns ease. He said Facebook would “aggressively opening up remote hiring”, expecting that about half its workforce would work remotely over the next five to 10 years. To facilitate remote working, the company is hiring a director of remote work, who will be responsible for managing the employee experience of those who aren't working in the office.

Dropbox

In October 2020, Dropbox become a Virtual First company. With remote work (outside an office) being the primary experience for all employees and the day-to-day default for individual work. They have said that “once it’s safe to do so, we’ll continue to facilitate a cadence of in-person collaboration and team gathering either through our existing real estate or other flexible spaces.”. They are also embracing “non-linear workdays” By setting core collaboration hours with overlap between time zones, and encouraging their employees to design their own schedules beyond that. 

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Spotify

Post pandemic, Spotify is offering more flexibility to its employees by introducing ‘My Work Mode. as well as flexibility when it comes to work location. Employees will be able to work full time from home, from the office, or a combination of the two. They will also introduce more flexibility when it comes to what country and city each employee work from. If someone chooses a location that is not near a Spotify office, they will support them with a co-working space membership if they want to work from an office.

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