Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings says all employees of his company might not resume offices yet until the “majority” are all fully vaccinated. -a deadline that might make staff start working from home till next year (2021) given recent times frames for the development of the vaccine.
Netflix is among the major Silicon Valley firms that are recently putting so many efforts to make sure that all its employees are safe and intact. Whilst maintaining the kind of in-person communications that can define the culture of a company.
During an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Netflix CEO made it known that he thought working from home might cause some damages to his business. He also mentioned that he would be making plans for its offices to reopen very soon. Below is the conversation between the WSJ and Netflix CEO:
Conversation between WSJ and Netflix CEO
Here is what Reel Hastings told the WSJ:
WSJ: Have you seen benefits from people working at home?
Mr. Reel: No, I don’t see any positives. Not being able to get together in person, particularly internationally, is a pure negative. I’ve been super impressed with people’s sacrifices.
WSJ: It’s been anticipated that many companies will shift to a work-from-home approach for many employees even after the Covid-19 crisis. What do you think?
Mr. Reel: If I had to guess, the five-day workweek will become four days in the office while one day is virtual from home. I’d bet that’s where a lot of companies end up.
WSJ: Do you have a date in mind for when your workforce returns to the office?
Mr. Reel: Twelve hours after a vaccine is approved.
WSJ: I like that
Mr. Reel: It’s probably six months after a vaccine. Once we can get a majority of people vaccinated, then it’s probably back in the office.
However, Reel Hastings, Netflix CEO sounds more against working outside the traditional office environment than some other Silicon Valley executives. The timespan he placed for resuming office isn’t that different from that of other firms.
Facebook and other social media companies to do the same
Facebook mentioned that he would allow its employees to work far from office till July, next year, that is 2021. The social media company has as well called off physical events through June 2021. Also, Amazon and Microsoft said something similar to what Facebook said.
Both companies said that they aren’t planning to resume office till January 2021 Still on the matter, Google mentioned its plans to keep employees working remotely till at least July next year, (2021).
In all cases mentioned, though, it seems like there will possibly be a degree of flexibility. The crisis posed by the coronavirus pandemic will continue moving in several areas. And workers worldwide are supposed to change their timespan if possible.
Netflix might stop remote work very soon
In the case of Netflix, it looks like Hasting is eager to stop working remotely very soon. Well, that isn’t a surprise to me, looking at the fact that he concentrates so much on corporate culture. Which the CEO of Netflix is promoting recently in his book on the subject, No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention.
Following a write-up from Variety, the book explains a collection of corporate practices that are unusual to Netflix, some of the practices sound doubtlessly murderous and aggressive. They include “radical transparency and feedback loops, lack of official time-off or vacation policies. And the famous Keeper Test – in which managers are encouraged to fire employees who aren’t stars”.