Tech companies plans for future of work include permanent home office and pay cuts
The main trends for Silicon Valley company workforces after the COVID-19 pandemic have been summarized by Business Insider. Since March 2020, most tech companies based in San Francisco have closed their campuses. Even before COVID-19, Twitter had prepared for a decentralised workforce. The platform has announced to its employees that they have the option from working from home permanently and has already sublet its office spaces in San Francisco. Moreover, salaries will change based on where employees choose to live. Google plans on adding more hub offices and giving its employees more places to work. Most work positions might fit in a hybrid-flexible work model in which employees will be able to keep working from home for some days. Facebook has offered US$2000 to assist their employees in establishing home offices. Most employees will be given the choice to work from home on a permanent basis; however, this will result in a pay cut should they decide to move to a less expensive area. The platform expects 50% of their workforce to work from home on a permanent basis within the next decade. Amazon has implemented a safety protocol for those willing to work at the office. The protocol includes physical distancing, increasing cleaning, facial coverings, and temperature checks. Apple’s CEO announced that after the pandemic the company’s operations will not be the same as they were before. Microsoft will implement hybrid workplaces on a permanent basis, which will affect 150 000 employees. Netflix announced that offices will not be open until most of its employees are vaccinated. The platform expects to change its employees’ work schedule to four days in the office and one day remotely.