The multi-dollar technology-related companies were amongst the first of the many industries to give work from home option to their employees. Even after the pandemic, various tech giants like Twitter and Slack do not want its employees to return for full time at the office; they are still promoting full or part-time work from home. Although, they are keen on equality policies and want their employees to stick to the rules. At the same time, some companies are willing to get back their employees to the office as they believe that a company can stay a tech “giant” only if they have an “office-centric culture,” which is why companies like Amazon are looking forward to a safe way to bring back their employees to the office. At the same time, some companies have applied a mix of both office and work from home cultures; these include Apple and Google, which have permitted a two-day work from home twice a week. These tech companies were the ones to start the work from home during the pandemic, but now when the pandemic appears to be declining, these companies have started to evaluate the decision they took. Since these companies have invested tons of money in creating amazing office campuses, they definitely would want to benefit from the same.
These companies right now are doubting their plan of remote work since they can’t afford to have a forever work from kind of thing. A few white-collar IT professionals are agitated as corporations strive to balance keeping control with the needs of employees who have become accustomed to managing their locations and timetables. They’ve commiserated in internal forums and resisted early employment offers.
Various companies are working on different strategies while some look forward to bringing their employees back, others give them some time to work from home or any location of their choice too, and company like Facebook is also looking to implement the work from home criteria completely and is recruiting and might further recruit people from work from home in future. Whatever the companies choose to do, one thing is for sure that no companies will ever get back to a hundred per cent office culture. So frequently, companies are surveying to find out what the employees want. Microsoft, too has allowed its employees to work from home if their job role allows them to or if they want to.
The battle for talent
Most of the companies are providing a mix of both work cultures to keep evolving and maintain the interest of their employees. For example, Facebook’s spokesperson says that their company has been focusing on office type work environment for quite some time now.
Some Facebook employees are dissatisfied with the methodology for determining who may work completely remotely as only employees with a particular amount of seniority were permitted to apply, albeit this varies by department. But as per the data that Facebook holds of the employees’ work from home, approximately 90% of those who have applied to work from home have their demands fulfilled. According to Google’s plans, most employees will report to the office three days per week, while 20% may wind up working from home permanently, and another 20% may swap offices. But, for the most part, all desk employees who need to return to the office are waiting for the specifics.
Amazon intends to return to “office-centric” living; they believe that their employees had some freedom in managing their work-life pre-pandemic, which will remain like that. The firm believes that it is unconcerned about the possible impact on hiring talent. Apple, too revealed its remote-work policy, stating that employees will return to the office in September but would be required to come only three days a week. They can work from home on Wednesdays and Fridays. Nonetheless, organisations may be pushed to compete for the finest staff and may offer more remote choices as they recruit. Allowing flexible working is very crucial for businesses if they want to increase racial diversity and inclusion on their staff.
Most of these tech giants are hoping to fill their office campuses with its employees because they have spent tons of amount on the making of the campus in the first place. Before the lockdowns started in 2020, several Silicon Valley’s major technology businesses were investing heavily in grandiose new headquarters, ranging from opulent downtown office skyscrapers to enormous all-inclusive suburban campuses complete with parks and public areas. These office campuses were intended to be used as a recruiting tool by businesses like Google and Facebook providing incentives like free lunches and sleeping pods. All the companies have been spending heavily on their infrastructure, be it Apple spending $5 billion on its office in Cupertino, Calif or Google’s campus in San Jose or Facebook’s in Frank Gehry buildings in Menlo Park. Amazon said it believes that an office-centric environment enables us to invent, collaborate, and learn together most effectively, which is why it has been trying hard to bring the employees to the campus. Uber’s created a new campus during the pandemic in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco, and since then, only a bunch of people have occupied seats there. The tech experts feel that this full remote work might be an option for a few but can never be a full-time option for all.
New office’s normal
With the closing of offices and the starting of work from homes, many perks might be missing. The campuses have now been started to be re-thought so that they never fear missing out while they work from home and see their colleagues in the office. Areas including working desks, conference rooms are now being renovated to fit the new normal criteria. Although experts believe in one thing for sure, people would want to resume back to the office as soon as possible when they see their colleagues working.