Salesforce outlined its remote working policy way back in February 2021. There are three possible options. Firstly, what Salesforce dubbed “flex,” a hybrid approach where employees would come into the office one to three days a week to collaborate on projects, and work remotely the rest of the week. The second was fully remote, where employees who don't live near a Salesforce site, or who don't need to be physically in the office, are free to work from home indefinitely. Lastly, working in the office four to five days a week.
President of Salesforce, Brent Hyder, said that the traditional nine to five was “dead” and that the employee experience was more than “ping pong and snacks.”
If anyone could make a remote work policy actually work, you'd think it would be web conferencing platform Zoom. The pandemic boosted the company into the stratosphere, when suddenly it had the one thing everyone wanted.
In January 2022, the company announced that going forward, employees would be free to work fully remote, hybrid, or in the office.
The social media platform was quick to set its remote working policy in stone, just six months into the pandemic. Essentially, the company is happy for you to work from anywhere, at home, in the office, or anywhere in between.
Intuit is another firm which found its pivot to remote working accelerated by the pandemic. In an internal survey, the company discovered that 90% of its staff appreciated not having to commute, and just 6% wanted to be in the office full time. Because of this, it developed a flexible remote work policy that has stayed in place, post pandemic.
Skillshare a very generous remote work policy. Not only do you get to work from the comfort of your own home, the company will also pay for your internet, and you can also be reimbursed for your tea/coffee spend (up to $25 per month).
Skillshare employees also have unlimited vacation time, and if you have a day where you crave the office environment, Skillshare gives its workers budget to work at a shared office with Industrious Co-Working.
Shopify is very open to remote workers – in fact it actively encourages them. On the companies recruiting page it makes clear that it promotes flexible working for the mental wellbeing of its employees.
In addition, Shopify is happy for staff to work abroad for 90 days of the year, as part of its Destination90 program.
Fintech company Revolut revealed in early 2021 that it was moving to a permanent remote working set up. In addition, the firm is happy for staff to work abroad, 60 days a year.
It must have been music to employees' ears when Spotify told its 6,000+ strong workforce that they were free to work from home or in the office should they choose. The choice is really up to the individual.
The company stated that it was looking to maintain the “perfect balance of flexibility, employment security, and job fulfilment.”
Companies That Won't Let You Work Remotely From Home
Before you get too cozy in your pajamas, beware. There are some companies that aren't too keen on the idea of employees working from home. If you want a remote job, you're going to want to avoid these.
Twitter was one of the first major tech companies to give the thumbs up to working from home during the pandemic. Staff could work wherever they felt “most productive and creative.”
All that changed recently when Elon Musk purchased the company. Not only did he fire half the company in his first week – those that were left were told to return to the office.
Musk is very vocal on his distaste for remote working, so if you want to work from home, steer well clear of any company that he is attached to.
It's Musk again. If you've ever thought of becoming part of Elon's empire, then you might need to get your shoes on and leave the house. Musk has fiercely fought against the hybrid working trend, to the point where he demanded that Tesla staff who want to work remotely must be in the office at least 40 hours per week. Those that didn't were told to depart Tesla.
In fact, back in July the company began tracking staff attendance, with those that don't turn up receiving automated emails shaming them.
In stark contract with rival Microsoft, Apple has been feuding with its staff publicly in 2022, trying to get them back into the office. It has had several false starts and is currently demanding that Apple employees return to the office for a mandatory three days a week.
However, the employees aren't onboard. Forming a group named Apple Together, they have campaigned for more flexible working arrangementsand been very vocal in its criticism of management.
It looks like Apple CEO Tim Cook has a fight on his hands, but if you're committed to being fully remote, we'd suggest waiting this one out before you submit your resume to Apple.
Unlike Apple and Tesla, Google might let you work from home, but you'd be the exception. Much like Apple, the company has struggled to get its staff back to the office. Having previously mandated a three-day office week, which fell flat, the company relented slightly and softened its stance.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the company would allow 20% of its workforce to be fully remote, with 60% in the office a “few days a week,” and the other 20% working in new locations.
So technically yes, your new Google job might allow you to work from home, but you'll be one of the lucky ones. There might also be fewer Google jobs around in the near future, with the company issuing cuts and tightening the purse strings.
Much like Twitter, Snap used to have a very generous remote working policy. In fact, it was one of the companies that embraced this new style of working early in the pandemic.
However, those days appear to be over now, with CEO Evan Spiegel telling staff that from February 2023, they need to be in the office 80% of the time. If you want to work remotely, don't apply to Snap. If you currently work there, start looking around.
Is Working From Home Right for Me?
At Tech.co, we've been writing about remote and hybrid working since way before the pandemic. We also know what we're talking about — everyone on the team works remotely to some degree. If you've never worked remotely, then you might question if you can make it work — we think you can, but there are a few things to consider:
Discipline – With no eyes on you at home, compared to being in an office, you do need to make sure you can work without being distracted. If possible, try to find a space where you can focus and, most importantly, resist that TV remote. One good tip is to dress as if you were going into the office — it helps put you in a better frame of mind than your old pajamas do.
Collaboration – You might think that teamwork is tricky when working remotely, but there are so many tools at your disposal to help aid collaboration. Web conferencing is a key one — tools like Microsoft Teams and Zoom allow you to catch up with your team, no matter where you are. Virtual meetings are a slightly different beast to real life ones — read our web conferencing tips to get the most out of your next call.
Security – Offices are very secure environments, locked down by IT departments. This isn't always the case for those working from home, and the rise in remote working has also seen a rise in cyberattacks. We suggest enlisting the help of a password manager to help keep track of all your passwords securely. A good VPN is also essential if you're going to be working out of a cafe and using public Wi-Fi.
Working hours – Don't feel guilty about taking regular breaks. Getting up and stretching your legs for 10 minutes can have great regenerative effects. Remember also to set a time to log off. With a nonexistent commute and your work always at your fingertips, you might be tempted to work later. Try and resist blurring the line between your work and personal life with a clear set work pattern, and let coworkers know when you'll be signing off for the day.