WFH Forever Companies

These companies have permitted employees to work from home (WFH) for indefinite periods of time based on the news articles linked below. They are presented in approximately chronological order.

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Twitter

Employees that do not have a job that requires physical presence, such as server administrators, will be permitted to work from home indefinitely.

Twitter Will Allow Employees To Work At Home Forever — Buzzfeed News, May 12, 2020

Square

“We want employees to be able to work where they feel most creative and productive,” a company spokesperson told The Verge. “Moving forward, Squares will be able to work from home permanently, even once offices begin to reopen. Over the past several weeks, we’ve learned a lot about what it takes for people to effectively perform roles outside of an office, and we will continue to learn as we go.”

Square announces permanent work-from-home policy — The Verge, May 18, 2020

Shopify

“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, CEO

Shopify permanently moves to work-from-home model — CBC, May 21, 2020

Facebook

During an all-hands call with employees, CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that employees may permanently work from home if they have experience and have a strong recent job performance. New hires with less industry experience will still be expected to come into offices when possible. Employees that work on hardware development and content review will be expected to work in offices.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg says employees will be able to work from home permanently — CNET, May 21, 2020

Groupe PSA

Groupe PSA is a French automaker which owns the Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands. Its non-production staff will work remotely. The company also plans to reduce its real estate footprint.

These companies plan to make working from home the new normal. As in forever — CNN, May 22, 2020

Slack

“Slack is going to become a much more distributed company. That means most employees will have the option to work remotely on a permanent basis if they choose, and we will begin to increasingly hire employees who are permanently remote,” writes Robby Kwok, Slack SVP of People.

Update on Slack office closures from Slack SVP of People Robby Kwok, June 11, 2020

Infosys

“Over a call with Business Today, Richard Lobo, Executive Vice President, Head HR, Infosys said, ‘Once things are normal, over a period of time, probably 50 per cent of employees will come to office and the rest will work from home. Moving on, 66 per cent will be in office but 33 per cent will work permanently from home.’”

Infosys mulls permanent work from home for 33-50% employees, June 22, 2020

Quora

Adam D’Angelo writes, “Quora will be a remote-first company starting immediately, and 60% of our employees have chosen not to work from an office even after covid-19 is no longer a threat. … Remote work will be the primary orientation of our company - the default for all choices.” Quora will keep its existing office in Mountain View as a space for employees who would prefer to use it.

Remote First at Quora, June 25, 2020

Fujitsu

“Technology firm Fujitsu has said it will halve its office space in Japan as it adapts to the ‘new normal’ of the coronavirus pandemic. … Staff will be able to work flexible hours, and working from home will be standard wherever possible.”

Coronavirus: Fujitsu announces permanent work-from-home plan, July 6, 2020

Siemens

“The aim is to enable employees worldwide to work on a mobile basis for an average of two or three days a week, whenever reasonable and feasible,” Siemens said in a statement.

Siemens to let staff spend less time in the office permanently, July 16, 2020

Zillow

“Effective immediately, we will offer about 90% of our employees the flexibility to work from home as an ongoing option, at least part-time, allowing them the ability to work where they are most productive, whether that is in the office, their home, or a combination of both,” writes Dan Spaulding, Zillow’s Chief People Officer.

At Zillow, we’re offering most employees flexibility to WFH indefinitely, July 29, 2020

Atlassian

At the maker of Jira, Confluence, and Trello, employees can work from home indefinitely. Offices will still be available for use if desired. The company plans to track outcomes of the decision.

Atlassian tells employees they can work from home forever, August 7, 2020

Schroders

The London-based fund manager will permit its staff to work from home even after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

PwC and Schroders will allow staff to work from home after Covid crisis, August 17, 2020

Microsoft

Microsoft announced that all employees who can work remotely may do so up to 50% of the time with no approval and full time with manager approval. Employees can relocate with adjustments to their compensation and benefits.

Microsoft is letting more employees work from home permanently, October 9, 2020

Dropbox

Dropbox announced a plan to make remote work the “primary experience for all employees.” The company also announced a new collaborative “Studio” concept to be built from existing offices and coworking spaces. “Every employee aligned to one of our offices will have access to a Studio. To ensure a fair and consistent employee experience, we felt it was important to be prescriptive about how these spaces are used—so Dropbox Studios will be specifically for collaboration and community-building, and employees will not be able to use them for solo work.”

Dropbox goes Virtual First, October 13, 2020

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