The Work-from-Home Revolution Is Already Creating Opportunities for Engineers to Succeed with These Companies

It is no longer a novel concept that many of us are working from home and that this trend is likely to continue. We are no longer surprised, nor do we worry, when we learn of yet another extension of the work-from-home policy. Instead, we feel a sense of relief as we log into our next virtual meeting. Why would any of us want to return to the office when we can continue to work effectively from the comfort of our own homes?

Over the past year, remote work has become increasingly commonplace in the United States, with more than half of the workforce now working remotely. This trend shows no sign of abating, as numerous large businesses have announced their intention to maintain their remote work policies into the foreseeable future. This shift has had a considerable impact on how people work, and the following is an overview of how it works.

Twitter

In early May, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey notified all Twitter staff through an email that they had the option to continue working remotely for as long as they saw fit. This decision was driven by the company’s emphasis on decentralisation and the ability to work from any location. This move by Twitter set the standard for what it means to be “cool” when it comes to embracing remote work, and it appears that the company is prepared to continue with this approach indefinitely.

Square

Given that Jack Dorsey is the Chief Executive Officer of both Square and Twitter, Square was quick to act in accordance with Twitter’s initial announcement and make “working from home” an established option. In particular, they deliberately used the term “permanent” in their statement.

Facebook

Facebook recently announced that the option to work from home will be available until July 2021, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a live-stream broadcast, CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that this policy is not only a response to the pandemic, but a recognition of the future of work. He noted that restricting employment to certain large cities limits opportunities for individuals with different backgrounds, who live in different areas. As such, Zuckerberg proposed to his team that remote employment be a means to promote “more broad-based economic growth”. To that end, he has stated that the company will “aggressively” increase the number of remote employees it hires, with the possibility that up to 50% of its workforce could work remotely in the next 5-10 years.

Google

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced that the company’s staff will have the option to work from home until July 2021, in response to the ongoing COVID pandemic. In a letter to employees, Pichai expressed his concern for how the pandemic will affect families, particularly in terms of having to provide home-schooling for children, and said he hopes the remote work policy will provide staff with the flexibility to manage their workload while also taking care of their families.

Shopify

In May of this year, Shopify followed Twitter in allowing its staff the option to work remotely on an ongoing basis. Tobi Lutke, the CEO of Shopify, has gone beyond simply addressing the present COVID-19 crisis and is looking to the future of employment. In a tweet, Lutke made clear that he believes that “COVID is pushing us all to work together in innovative ways” and that there is no turning back the hands of time. He further suggested that instead of allowing ourselves to be swept up in the changes that are coming, we should take the initiative and seize control of the situation. It is evident that Lutke believes that the traditional idea of office centricity is no longer relevant. This new future is here, and there is no option but to adapt and embrace it.

What it implies

Now is an excellent time to be a Works engineer, with prominent tech companies increasingly implementing long-term remote work policies. The world is becoming increasingly prosperous, and Works engineers are well-positioned to capitalise on the current surge of remote job possibilities in Silicon Valley, with more on the way. As Mark Zuckerberg rightly stated, it is essential to recognise the invaluable contributions of talented programmers from “diverse communities with different backgrounds and perspectives”. Therefore, it is time to start embracing rather than excluding the great minds from all walks of life.

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