Marc Benioff, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Salesforce, speaks during the grand opening of the Salesforce Tower, the tallest building in San Francisco, California on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
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Salesforce announced Monday that the company will reopen its headquarters in downtown San Francisco in May, but all employees will be able to work remotely through the end of 2021.
Lots of people pay attention to the way Salesforce brings people back to offices, as the enterprise software maker is the largest employer in San Francisco, a hub of the global tech industry. The Salesforce Tower has 61 floors and 1.4 million square feet of office space.
Salesforce has already reopened 22 offices, President and Chief People Officer Brent Hyder wrote in a blog post. The company announced that it will reopen its Palo Alto and Irvine, California locations in the coming months.
Salesforce has three reopening phases. In the first phase, which is limited to the United States and only available in areas with a coronavirus risk rating set by the company that is flat or decreasing, fully vaccinated employees can volunteer to group up to 100 people who are on specific floors can work. The company requires employees to take Covid tests twice a week.
In the second phase, Salesforce will have 20% to 75% capacity, depending on the company’s estimated risk, and employees will be able to return even if they haven’t received a vaccine. In the last phase, the offices are fully occupied.
The company has also been busy remodeling its offices and adding plexiglass, air purifiers, and handles that people can use without touching them.
According to Salesforce, five of its offices, including Sydney, are already in the third phase.
In February, Salesforce announced that the majority of its employees would be in offices one to three days a week. Others will be completely remote, while a small cohort will work from the offices four to five days a week. Salesforce broke away from the ranks of companies such as Atlassian and Zillow, according to which employees had the choice of working from home permanently.
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