Salesforce, the world’s #1 CRM provider, has joined the growing number of tech companies who are allowing their employees to work from home until the end of the year. Salesforce employees will now have the option to continue working from home for the rest of the year, regardless of when their office location opens up.
The opening timing of each office will depend upon the rules and guidelines from local public health and government authorities, based on a phased and advanced process.
Salesforce has around 160 office locations. In Asia, where shelter-in-place rules are being relaxed, some offices will open later this month.
Nearly every major tech company has permitted or even mandated, its employees to work remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. Facebook and Google, the two biggest tech companies in the world, will allow most of their employees to work from home through the end of 2020. Some of the tech companies have decided to allow employees to WFH forever, with Twitter, being the top-profile example in the list.
While not allowing employees to work from home forever, Salesforce has decided to let its employees work from home for the rest of the year.
Amy Weaver, President & Chief Legal Officer at Salesforce, commented, “For us, the timing of when we bring employees back into our offices will be unique to each office—we’ll make those decisions on a city-by-city basis, in a way that’s consistent with local government guidelines and in line with the advice of our medical experts.”
Salesforce’s global head of real estate wrote in a blog post that we would not open up the door and let everyone in the company return to their desks on the first day. Instead, we are looking at the return as a step-by-step approach starting with the employees that are most important to our office operations.
Salesforce executives have said they see the coronavirus crisis in three phases: a crisis response, recovery, and reopening, and the new normal. At present, businesses and organizations (including Salesforce) are entering that extended recovery and reopening phase, they added.
To help its customers, partners, and communities around the world, Salesforce recently launched a set of products to assist organizations in that process, including tools for monitoring employee health data and shift management software.
Salesforce has previously introduced Salesforce Care to help its customers and communities to stabilize during the initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To help its customers deal with the next phase of the global Coronavirus pandemic, Salesforce has released a set of new innovative tools called Work.com to help businesses and public agencies track all the data and information. This would help them reopen their workplaces and keep them safe and informed during the period of the coronavirus crisis and beyond.