Tech Companies Are Returning to the Office

From The Information

As vaccines roll out, tech companies are planning for their employees to be back at the office sooner than we anticipated. Most companies are looking forward to implementing a more flexible working style, as they realized their employees enjoyed aspects of working from home.

Most Days in Office. Emphasizes in-office collaboration while adjusting for new, virtual work routines: Apples, Netflix, Google, etc.

Hybrid. Mix of in-office and remote work; employees may have flexibility to choose their arrangement: Microsoft, Uber, Salesforce, Facebook, Adobe, Pinterest, Twilio, ServiceNow, Cisco, Snap, Zendesk, Okta, Box, Twitter, Square, Nvidia, Zoom Video, Zillow, etc.

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Remote First. Most staff won’t need to work in an office, though they may be able to work or gather in offices: Shopify, Brex, Dropbox, Affirm, etc.

Fully Remote. Zero or minimal office space: Cameo, Airbnb, Amazon, etc.

This is confusing. All non-essential staff pertinent to a tech employer would likely have been laid off or retrained by now. Tech companies, by definition, can work remotely. Amazon is only a tech company because of it’s storefronts, marketplaces and AWS services. They still have over 10k employees in the USA who are in the physical fulfillment area and in supply/logistics. Those people will never be able to be “remote” - but the people that manage the technology those physical area staff rely on, are hardly “nonessential”.

The non-essential label needs to be dropped.

The full article stated that the warehouse workers, delivery drivers and contractors didn’t have the option of working remotely. I agree it should disclose clearer in this instance. However, Amazon and Airbnb alike currently don’t have long-term policy for this, they also declined to comment on post-pandemic policy plans.