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Some Salesforce employees won't return to its offices post-pandemic

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Posted at 8:50 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 20:50:36-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Salesforce is laying out its plans for how employees will return to its offices, including some who will work remotely full time instead.

"An immersive workspace is no longer limited to a desk in our Towers; the 9-to-5 workday is dead; and the employee experience is about more than ping-pong tables and snacks," a post on its website read.

Employees will now have three ways in how, when, and where they work, including some who are fully remote and don't live near an office, according to the post.

  1. Flex: When it's safe to return to work, these employees will work in an office for one to three days a week for things like team collaboration, customer meetings, and presentations. Most employees will work under this structure.
  2. Fully remote: Employees who have a role that doesn't require an office or don't live near an office, they will work fully remote.
  3. Office-based: These employees will work four to five days a week from an office if their roles require it. This is the smallest population of employees.

"Our employees are the architects of this strategy, and flexibility will be key going forward," the post read. "It’s our responsibility as employers to empower our people to get the job done during the schedule that works best for them and their teams, and provide flexible options to help make them even more productive."

When most employees do return to the office, Salesforce is redesigning its office to accommodate a hybrid work style and create more spaces to "foster the human connection that can't be replicated remotely."

It's not clear when more employees will start returning to its offices and COVID-19 vaccines are the "ultimate path to office life," according to the post. New protocols, like temperature screenings, face coverings, and deep cleaning, will be in place when employees return to the office.

In June, Salesforce's CEO Marc Benioff said its employees will adapt to an increasingly digital work structure.

“It's a work anywhere, live anywhere environment," Benioff told Yahoo Finance. "It's all digital.”

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