- Salesforce is giving all employees the option to work from home until at least July 31, extending its previous guideline allowing remote work until the end of 2020.
- Salesforce is slowly reopening its 160 offices around the world based on local government guidelines and the advice of medical experts and local leaders, but this option is meant to allow employees to plan ahead.
- It is also expanding benefits for employees, offering $250 more to purchase office supplies to work from home and giving parents six additional weeks of paid time off.
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Salesforce is extending the option for its employees to work from home until at least July 31, the company announced Wednesday. Previously, all 49,000 employees were allowed to work remotely until the end of 2020.
While Salesforce is slowly reopening its 160 offices around the world based on local government guidelines and the advice of medical experts, extending the work from home option to next summer gives employees the ability to plan ahead, the company said.
Salesforce is the latest of its peers to extend the option to work from home until next year, with Facebook, Google, Slack, and Uber among those that have given employees that option as well. Some companies, like Twitter, Facebook, Slack, and Atlassian, told employees they could work remotely even after offices reopen.
Salesforce is also expanding remote-work benefits for its employees, giving each person $250 to purchase office supplies for their homes, which adds to the $250 it gave employees earlier this year. Parents also have the option to take six additional weeks of paid time off.
Parents and guardians can also work from home past next August if they are in areas where schools are closed and students are doing remote learning, Salesforce added.
"We understand that moving our offices to our homes is not always easy or comfortable - especially for those with families at home or for those who are feeling isolated - and we're working hard to address the unique needs of our employees during this time," Brent Hyder, the company's chief people officer, said in a blog post.
Salesforce has previously described the process of reopening its offices as a "light dimmer, not a light switch," where reopening each office will be a unique process taking place in phases. That process includes weighing factors like government guidance and COVID-19 case levels, redesigning offices to ensure social distancing, and communicating with employees to determine which offices to open next.
To help customers take the same steps, Salesforce in May released a set of products to guide organizations in their reopening efforts, including tools to track employee health data and shift-management software.