Salesforce has announced it will permanently allow most of its employees to work from home, even after the Covid-19 pandemic has ended.
The tech giant made the decision after hearing feedback from its employees and will create a ‘flex’ situation in which employers will come into an office just one to three days per week.
Only a small part of Salesforce’s workforce will continue to work from an office location four or more days per week. Employees who do not live near an office are free to work remotely indefinitely.
“As employers, we have an opportunity to create an even better workplace – one that allows us to be more connected to each other, find more balance between work and home, and advance equality – ultimately leading to increased innovation and better business outcomes,” said Brent Hyder, the chief people officer at Salesforce.
Why does this matter?
A recent Dell Technologies Remote Work Readiness (RWR) Index found encouraging levels of optimism towards the future of remote work, with 84% of employees surveyed in Singapore feeling prepared to work from home in the long-term.
However, they also acknowledged the potential for challenges when it comes to productivity, as they continue to work remotely through the circuit breaker (Singapore’s official term for the lockdown which came into place last year.)
This suggests that while employees need technology to work efficiently, access to HR-related resources such as communication with employers and best practice training for remote work is desired. From their experience of working remotely during the circuit breaker, employees felt that their companies need to be more supportive of remote working because it is here to stay.
The RWR Index found less than four in 10 (39%) felt that their employers were fully supportive of long-term remote work. When it came to technology, nearly half (49%) believe that their employer was not doing everything they could to support effective remote working.
Only 38% agreed that their employer is doing everything they can to provide them with the HR support needed to successfully work remotely.