Six months ago, millions of workers have left their offices for the last time without understanding.
Many will be laid off due to the pandemic, but for those lucky enough to keep their jobs, some of their employers have yet to determine whether they will reopen their jobs.
Some of the largest technology employers in the United States, as well Facebook and Google, have promised to keep their offices closed until at least 2021, which experts say is a realistic timetable for developing a vaccine. Twitter went all out, allowing their employees to work from home for the time they chose, even permanently.
Even if the pandemic he helped push the work out of the home revolution, not all companies call it a day on office life alone. Flexible work is here to stay and is likely to be as important to future employees as it is to the company’s more traditional benefits.
TechCrunch spoke with three technology companies who have long embraced flexible work – Auth0, Duo Security and Yubico – about how they adapted during the pandemic and their plans to return to the office.
What is clear is that even though flexible working has been an important part of their culture, it will take more than one pandemic to end the office era forever.
Auth0 plans to reopen its six offices
Before the pandemic, more than half of Auth0’s employees worked from home. Even its chief executive Eugenio Pace split his time between working from the office and his home.
“From day one, our employees have had the freedom to work on their own terms,” Pace said. He said flexible working has helped make his employees more productive, while also allowing the company to expand its talent pool – where more restrictive companies might require an employee to transfer.
“It’s also important to recognize that working remotely isn’t for everyone,” he said. But the pandemic made it impossible to work from the office. Now, more than 700 employees of the company work from home.