What does this mean for the future of the office? Will employees who require frequent in-person interaction as part of their jobs be negatively affected? Is it appropriate to expect employees to fully integrate personal and professional spaces?
E-commerce colossus: Shopify’s 5,000 employees will be capable to proceed to work at home when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
CEO Tobi Lutke announced Thursday morning “as of today, Shopify is digital by default company”, and offices will remain closed until 2021 as the company re-designs them for a “new reality” of working remotely possibly permanently.
As of today, Shopify is a digital by default company. We will keep our offices closed until 2021 so that we can rework them for this new reality. And after that, most will permanently work remotely. Office centricity is over.— Tobi Lutke 🌳🌲🛒🕹 (@tobi) May 21, 2020
Meanwhile, Facebook is taking a little more reserved approach. Currently 95% of Facebook employees work from home, said Zuckerberg, although the company plans to start reopening of offices with additional health precautions in July. These include mandatory mask and temperature controls, and occupancy will be limited to 25% of normal capacity.
“The other thing is that I think it will help us to advance some of the future technologies we are working on around remote presence because we are just going to be using it constantly ourselves,” he said. declared to the Verge. “Right now, VR and AR are a large group within the company, but it is still somewhat disconnected from the work that most employees do on a daily basis. And I think it could change that sooner. “