• Chart: no consistent rule for head office in large tech companies


Tesla made headlines earlier this month for what is now seen as a fairly rigid back-to-work policy, as Elon Musk ruffled feathers by telling employees they had to be in the office for at least least 40 hours a week, adding, “If you don’t show up, we’ll assume you quit.

While before the pandemic it was quite unusual to work remotely, a lot has changed in the past couple of years, and businesses large and small are now trying to figure out how to weigh productivity with work-balance. lives of their employees. But which approach is the best? Our chart shows how the question is still up in the air as tech companies opt for a number of different policies.

At one end of the spectrum, Spotify said employees can work from anywhere, as long as there are no time zone difficulties or legal hurdles raised by their location. Soft and Twitter took a similar stance, with the latter stating that employees can choose to work from home “foreverif they wish. Netflix, on the other hand, is encouraging employees to return to the office, with co-CEO Reed Hastings telling the Wall Street Journal, “Not being able to meet in person, especially internationally, is pure negative.” Instead, he says it’s important for the streaming platform to maintain its corporate culture.

However, other companies have opted to go with a variant of a hybrid business model, with Amazon announcing that it will be up to each team to decide the exact number of days employees are in the office, noting that flexibility depends on the nature of the work. Meta’s Facebook also said that while all full-time employees can apply to work from home, employees who work in areas such as hardware devices or the company’s data center infrastructure should be in the office. Meanwhile, Google is following the three days in, two days at home rule, but has also introduced opportunities for remote work extensions, the ability to transfer to a new location or request to continue working remotely, as Reuters reported.

Data from the past two years shows that many employees now want or even expect greater flexibility in their daily working hours. A survey conducted by McKinsey this year found that among employed respondents given the option to work remotely, 87% would accept the offer. The same report also reveals that one of the top three reasons employees sought new employment was a flexible working arrangement, after better pay or hours and better career opportunities.

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