On February 12, Spotify announced that it is permanently switching to a “Work From Anywhere” model that will allow its 6,550 global employees to work in any location they choose, including an office, their homes, local coworking spaces and digital nomadic villages around the world.
The company said the new model, which also allows employees to choose the country and city where they work, is a “new form of collaboration” that will inspire employees to “do the best they can think and create”.
The policy will start this summer, and employees can choose their workplace after consulting their manager and team members. Spotify will provide coworking associations to employees who do not live near a company office, but want a dedicated workspace.
On a blog post, Spotify said it is rethinking its workplaces worldwide to increase “sustainability, flexibility and well-being” for its employees.
“The ultimate goal of our new design approach is to ensure that employees have a place where they can focus, collaborate and create – whether at a table, in a conference room or in coffee spaces,” said the company.
On the blog, Spotify explained that the COVID-19 pandemic was “a litmus test of our culture and values” that accelerated its view of remote work. As a result, the company came to the following conclusions:
- Work is something that employees do, not something that they come to the office to
- Remote work options increase employee effectiveness
- Flexibility supports the work-life balance of employees, helps retain talent and expands recruitment groups
- Distributed employees are more productive and more collaborative than office workers
The company recognized that flexible work cultures require “trust, communication, collaboration and connection” and said it considered the tax, insurance and labor law requirements necessary to make the safe transition of its workforce into such an arrangement.
Several other major companies are also adopting permanent remote work solutions for employees following the pandemic.
In early February, Salesforce proclaimed that “the 9 to 5 working day is over” and said it will allow employees to choose whether they want to work remotely or in an office. The cloud computing company also said it would give employees more flexibility in their daily schedules to take care of children and personal matters.
Last May, Twitter and Square announced that they were allowing employees to work remotely “forever”. Slack made a similar announcement in June, and Microsoft took the leap in October.
More companies will need to adopt permanent remote working policies if they are to compete in a post-pandemic world. ONE new study on the remote job search site, Growmotely found that 97% of workers do not want to return to the office full time after the pandemic is over. It also found that 61% of employees want to work in a completely remote environment as of now.