remote working

Remote Working Kills The 9 to 5

The pandemic claims another business. The 9 to 5. Cloud computing company Salesforce is joining other Silicon Valley tech giants in how it allows employees to work.

Salesforce have said that the 9 to 5 workday is dead and will allow workers to choose one of 3 categories to determine how they work. Remote working is here to stay. The three categories will determine how often, if ever, they return to the office.


They will give employees the freedom to choose what their schedules look like and announced permanent remote working policies in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“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,”

“In our always-on, always-connected world, it no longer makes sense to expect employees to work an eight-hour shift and do their jobs successfully,”

“Whether you have a global team to manage across time zones, a project-based role that is busier or slower depending on the season, or simply have to balance personal and professional obligations throughout the day, workers need flexibility to be successful.” Brent Hyder, Salesforce Chief People Officer

Remote Working Benefits

Hyder notes that remote working allows for picking young kids up from school or caring for sick family members. As key reasons as to why an employee should not be expected to work on a strict 8hr shift every day.

He also notes that remote working will allow Salesforce to expand it’s recruitment of new employees beyond expensive urban centers like NYC and San Fran.

Hyder defines the three categories as flex, fully remote and office based.

Flex means that you will need to be in the office one to three days a week. This would be for team collaboration, customer meetings and presentations. Salesforce expects most of it’s employees to fall into this category.

Fully remote is remote working. Never coming into the office except for rare situations. Such as a work related event.

While office based employees will be the smallest population of the workforce. These employees will be in the office four to five times a week.

“Our employees are the architects of this strategy, and flexibility will be key going forward,” Hyder writes. “It’s our responsibility as employers to empower our people to get the job done during the schedule that works best for them and their teams, and provide flexible options to help make them even more productive.”

(The Verge)


  • Do you feel most companies should go this way
  • Do we really need to be in the office if we all have a laptop and internet connection
  • Will people miss routine
  • Can more get done at home
  • Or should more get done at work
  • Is it dangerous to work at home, more distractions
  • Will we suffer for working at home, less social
  • Will our mental health improve from remote working
  • Should we be paid more or less for working at home
  • Why are companies shifting towards this model

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