Dropbox will make working from home permanent for its 2,800 employees after the pandemic, and will set up “studios” in key cities for employees who need to work together
- San Francisco-based Dropbox announced Tuesday that it will make remote working permanent even after the pandemic ends
- The file hosting company introduced its new "Virtual First" approach, where work from home will be the daily default for employees
- When it's safe, employees who need to meet can reunite at Dropbox Studios, which are set up in San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, and Dublin
- Dropbox had more than 2,800 employees as of December 31
- Dropbox is the latest tech company to announce permanent remote working after Twitter and Square
Dropbox announced Tuesday that remote working will be permanent even after the pandemic ends.
The San Francisco-based file hosting company announced that it would revolutionize its work structure. From now on, employees will mainly work virtually and will set up studios in key cities where employees will have to work together.
“Although we develop software that people can work with from anywhere, most of our employees came to an office every day. We believe the data shows that the move to remote working, although abrupt, has been overall successful, ”the company said in a post on its website, announcing the new move from“ Virtual First ”.
The company also said it will extend its mandatory work from home until June 2021 to keep employees safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Dropbox announced Tuesday that remote working will be permanent even after the pandemic ends
The company announced that it would completely change its work structure, focusing on having employees primarily working virtually, and setting up studios in key cities where employees need to work together
Dropbox had more than 2,800 employees as of December 31, according to the latest 8K.
When it's safe to bring employees back together, employees who need to meet in person or work together can work at the company's Dropbox studios in San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, and Dublin.
These studios may not be used for individual work, but for team building, training courses and group events.
How often employees are called into the office depends on the team and how often they hold strategy and team building meetings.
With Dropbox, employees can also move outside of locations where they don't currently have offices for this new job.
The company will also be launching "nonlinear" working days, which will focus on hours that overlap between time zones.
"We are having a challenging time. However, we believe this is an opportunity to change the way we work for the better. We believe Virtual First is the right choice, but it is new to us and we know we can may not get it 100% right immediately, "said the company.
The San Francisco-based file hosting company announced that it would revolutionize its work structure. From now on, employees will mainly work virtually and will set up studios in key cities where employees will have to work together
Dropbox Office Headquarters in San Francisco pictured above
"We therefore aim to maintain a learning mentality – to stay open to new information and feedback and iterate over time until we do," the statement added.
Dropbox is the latest tech company to announce a major change in its labor policy due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Twitter and Square have already announced that employees will be able to work from home permanently.
Microsoft said it would give employees more flexibility to work from home.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg said in May that 50 percent of employees will be working remotely within the next decade.