Shopify, Facebook announce massive indefinite work-from-home changes
Today, two of the biggest names in the tech game announced that they are making big changes when it comes to running their companies. That’s because both Shopify and Facebook have come out and said that work-from-home will stay in place for employees, even after the pandemic is over.
Shopify went a little more extreme, as the CEO, Tobi Lutke, announced that the company will now be ‘digital by default’. Basically, the offices that Shopify has around Canada will become ‘recruitment centres’, not offices in which employees are expected to come in every day.
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. But nevertheless, Zuckerberg expects that as much as half of the total employees will be working from home in a decade. And, to kind of hammer the point home, Twitter led the charge of working from home indefinitely last week.
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?
We don’t have the answers, but we are absolutely excited to see how this plays out!