Future of work | Salesforce claims '9-to-5 workday is dead'

Salesforce claims '9-to-5 workday is dead'

Software giant Salesforce is one of the latest firms in San Francisco to have announced a move away from in-person work, claiming that the "9-to-5 workday is dead” – the Guardian reported.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco-headquartered firm announced that it would permanently allow staff members to work from home. This is said to still be the case even after it becomes safe to return to a central office following the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the firm, after gauging staff preferences via a poll, it said it would transition the majority of staff to a “flex” model – where they come into a physical office one to three days a week.

Just a small portion of the workforce will continue to work from the office four or more days per week, while those who do not live near a physical office are able to work remotely going forwards.

Brent Hyder, Chief People Officer at Salesforce, told the Guardian: “As employers, we have an opportunity to create an even better workplace – one that allows us to be more connected to each other, find more balance between work and home, and advance equality – ultimately leading to increased innovation and better business outcomes.”

Unilever to adopt 'hybrid mode' of work

This move follows similar announcements previously made by other large employers including the likes of Unilever who revealed that employees would never have to return to the office full-time.

Speaking at a Reuters conference last month, the firm’s Chief Executive Alan Jope said that he did not expect office workers to return to a physical workspace until at least April 2021.

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In addition to this, as was reported by the Guardian, he said that the organisation would adopt a ‘hybrid mode’ of working between homes and offices after that period.

Jope explained: “We anticipate never going back to five days a week in the office. That seems very old-fashioned now.”

WFH during the pandemic

Since the pandemic hit, many organisations have been operating largely from home. For some organisations, this has allowed them to see that working-from-home measures can be successful.

Following the success of their own work-from-home measures, tech giant Twitter told staff that they could work remotely “forever” if they wanted to – the BBC reported.

In a statement, the company said at the time: "The past few months have proven we can make that work. So if our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen."

Ping pong tables & nap pods

Over the years, many firms have offered staff fancy work perks including the likes of nap pods and games rooms to boost employee experience and increase engagement.

Yet, the Salesforce's CPO has suggested that those days are over.

He said: “As we enter a New Year, we must continue to go forward with agility, creativity and a beginner’s mind – and that includes how we cultivate our culture.

“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,” Hyder added.

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