The lockdown effect: how global IT companies operate in the pandemic era

The lockdown effect: how global IT companies operate in the pandemic era

The second wave of the pandemic has made significant adjustments to the lives of tech giants. Small spoiler: their mode of operation was not particularly surprising. However, this cannot be said about people’s attitude to working conditions. So, today we will talk about how the companies from the Valley organized their work.


? Twitter and Slack employees can now and forever say goodbye to offices. The company announced a complete rejection of them.


? Since October 2020, Microsoft has implemented a hybrid model will allow employees to work from home for less than half a work week. If the manager decides a person will work from home full time, so be it.

The decision was unexpected, as in May 2019, CEO Satya Nadella punched himself in the chest and shouted, «Full-time teleworking has negative consequences for employees».


? Dropbox has taken an interesting path: after the end of the pandemic, employees will continue to work remotely, but to solve collective problems they will be able to gather in the so-called Dropbox Studios.


? Facebook will allow many employees to work from home on a full-time basis if they wish, but this will depend on various criteria, including a productivity. Facebook employees, however, were the least fortunate: information leaked if one of them moved to the area cheaper, then the salary is likely to be lower.


? 8,600 Netflix employees will likely be asked to return to the office immediately after receiving the available corona vaccine. The company’s CEO, Reed Hastings, has earned the reputation of being the most ardent opponent of remote work and does not miss the slightest excuse to declare its shortcomings.


? Netpeak Group works in the «as the employee wants» mode until June 2021. 10% of employees regularly go to the office at will, another third – in the «one day in the office» format every 1-2 weeks. In a similar mode, office space has been reduced, and will save $ 205,000 in costs during a year.


How do employees feel about remote work?


More than six months have passed since the start of the remote access pandemic, so we can take stock. According to Blind (October 2020), which surveyed more than 3,000 employees at companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Facebook, 68% of respondents feel more exhausted than when they worked in the office before the pandemic.


While teleworking removed the hassle of everyday travel, it added stress as well. Specifically, half of the Google and Facebook employees surveyed, as well as 67 and 70% of Amazon and Microsoft respondents said they work longer at home. In addition, respondents complain about difficulty maintaining work-life balance and fatigue from video chats. «I don’t work from home, I just live at work», wrote one Google employee. Notably, in February 2020, the same service conducted a similar survey and found a 61% burnout rate. Not so significant changes in six months, is it right?


It is important to note which approach to organizing work in a pandemic will be most effective. Each method has its pros and cons, and it seems to us that the balance is somewhere in the middle. Our team is inclined towards the format «2 days in the office and 3 days out of the office» for one week and vice versa for the next. In short, it is 50% to 50%. «Balance of power» as ordered by George Lucas. In general, what the world will be like after COVID-19 is unknown. Only one thing is clear – it will never be the same. Share in the comments how your work in the company works and what approach do you think is the most effective?