During the early days of COVID-19, many tech companies quickly shifted to work-from-home models. As the pandemic continued, many tech giants began altering their long-term vision, declaring that employees could work remotely for at least the foreseeable future, if not indefinitely.
Now that vaccine rollouts are well underway, many people are wondering if tech companies will continue with the telecommuting strategy or if they are going to go back to an office-oriented approach. If you’re wondering what the state of remote work is in the tech world, here’s what you need to know.
The Varying Approaches to Remote Work
It would seem like tech companies would be well-equipped to go fully remote permanently. However, even if they are capable, their upcoming plans reflect a range of strategies.
While most tech companies recognize that COVID-19 altered employee expectations about telecommuting, they aren’t planning to maintain entirely remote workforces. Instead, many are embracing hybrid models.
With the hybrid strategy, employees will report to the office part-time and work from home part-time. Usually, the split may vary. While some may allow three days at the workplace and two telecommuting, that’s not universally the case.
It’s important to note that while this strategy is currently common, not all tech companies are going this route. For example, Facebook allows select employees to apply to become fully remote and intends to bring in new team members who wouldn’t need to report to the office. On the other side of the spectrum, Amazon has asserted its desire for an office-centric culture, intending to bring its previous in-office staff back to the workplace once it can do so safely.
The Impact of Shifting Remote Work Policies
It isn’t surprising that companies are adjusting their remote work policies during the vaccine rollouts. However, that doesn’t mean all professionals are happy about the proposed (or recent) changes.
Employees, like companies, have varying perspectives on remote work. Some want to be able to remain at home, avoiding the office entirely. Others feel that part-time telecommuting is ideal, and some are chomping at the bit to return to the workplace full-time.
Ultimately, the shifts in sentiment could lead to a shakeup in the landscape. Employees that are dissatisfied by their employer’s choice may begin seeking out new opportunities in droves.
In many ways, this situation is still developing. If professionals begin leaving a company en masse, it may reevaluate its policies purely to boost retention. Other companies may see it as an opportunity to create better culture alignment, seeking out new hires who prefer their approach to work instead of struggling to keep team members who feel it’s a poor fit.
What’s right for one company may not be ideal for another. However, all tech organizations should take note of how their employees feel about policy update proposals. That way, they can anticipate future reactions, ensuring they can respond appropriately.
If you’d like to learn more about remote work in 2021, the team at The Squires Group can help. Contact us today.