- Many major companies remain remote as the coronavirus pandemic wears on — and plenty have no immediate plans to return to the office.
- American Express and Google extended their work-from-home policies by an entire year; employees don't have to return to offices until June 2021. Uber and Airbnb have since made similar commitments.
- Meanwhile, outdoor retailer REI announced a plan to work remotely indefinitely — and to sell the company's new, unused 8-acre campus.
- Following the pandemic, more than half of Americans want to continue working remotely while two-thirds of companies may render their current work-from-home policies permanent.
- Here's a list of companies that have already announced remote work as a long-term business strategy.
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Source: American ExpressOn August 26, Airbnb extended its work-from-home policy until the end of August 2021. They are offering a $500 stipend to employees for home office equipment, along with a $500 quarterly credit to use specifically on Airbnbs.
Source: AirbnbEarlier this summer, outdoor retailer REI announced that it is selling its brand new, unused 8-acre corporate campus in Bellevue, Washington. In an August 12 statement, CEO Eric Artz said the company will "lean into remote working as an engrained, supported, and normalized model" for employees.
Source: Business InsiderMicrosoft, which is based in Redmond, Washington, plans to begin reopening offices in January 2021, even though it previously planned to reopen in October.
Source: Talking Biz NewsTwitter, based in San Francisco, told employees in May that they could work from home indefinitely. The company suspended business travel and in-person events for the rest of 2020.
Source: Business InsiderSquare, which is also led by Twitter's Jack Dorsey, adopted a similar policy around the same time and will allow employees to work from home indefinitely, even after offices reopen.
Source: Business InsiderFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees in late May that many would be able to work from home indefinitely, and plans to keep staff remote through 2020.
Source: New York TimesSalesforce announced in May that it will give all employees an option to work from home through 2020, even as its 160 locations worldwide open on different timelines.
Source: Business InsiderSeattle-based Amazon will allow employees to work from home through January 8, 2021, which was recently extended from October.
Source: Business InsiderSpotify told employees worldwide that they may continue working from home until 2021. Each office will open according to government guidelines city-by-city.
Source: VarietyJapanese electronic giant Hitachi also allowed employees to work from home amid the pandemic, and committed to having 70% of its employees work from home permanently.
Source: CNNCoinbase, a cryptocurrency exchange company based in the Bay Area, will make working from home a permanent arrangement. CEO Brian Armstrong announced in May that the company will offer office space for those who would like it following lockdown, but most roles will remain remote.
Source: CoinbaseMastercard does not plan to implement a formal return to the office anytime soon. In May, it said employees can remain remote until they are comfortable returning.
Source: ReutersResearch company Nielsen plans to convert its New York City offices into meeting spaces for employees as they continue to work from home even after the pandemic passes.
Source: New York TimesNationwide Insurance announced in May that it plans to downsize from 20 physical offices to just four following the pandemic. The majority of the company's employees will continue to work from home permanently.