LinkedIn will allow most employees to opt for full-time remote work as offices reopen gradually, Chief Human Resources Officer Teuila Hanson told Reuters.
This new policy from the professional social networking site Microsoft Corp. This is the opposite of the company’s initial statement last October that employees are expected to work from the office 50 percent of the time if restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted.
The updated policy, which gives employees the flexibility to work full-time or remotely in a part-time office, applies to LinkedIn’s total workforce of more than 16,000 employees.
“We anticipate that we will definitely see more remote workers than we did before the pandemic,” Hanson said in an interview on Wednesday before the announcement, adding that some jobs will require office work.
Hanson said LinkedIn does not currently require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to return to the office, unlike technology companies such as Facebook and Google which have targeted a spike in COVID-19 cases in the United States by calling for vaccinations to have reacted.
LinkedIn employees relocating from a location can see their salaries adjusted based on the local market they are in, said Greg Snaper, director of corporate communications.
The tech industry was among the first to allow employees to work from home when COVID-19 hit the United States last year. But the extent to which tech companies now perceive permanent remote work varies.
LinkedIn’s openness to working remotely contrasts with the relatively strong position some Silicon Valley tech giants hold when they return to the office. Apple has announced that most employees will have to work in offices three days a week starting in October, while Google expects Alphabet to see 60% of its global staff return to the office part-time global at least.
LinkedIn is planning to reopening its offices worldwide based on COVID-19 infection rate in the every location.