21 major companies that have announced employees can work remotely long-term

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai. REUTERS/Brandon Wade/File Photo
  • Many major companies remain remote as the coronavirus pandemic wears on – and plenty have no immediate plans to return to the office.
  • Google extended its work-from-home policy to September 2021 and plans to accommodate remote work indefinitely, as well as try a program where employees work half the week from home.Microsoft similarly offered all of its employees the chance to work from home less than 50% of the time without approval.
  • Uber, American Express, and Airbnb have also extended their remote work policies.
  • Following the pandemic, more than half of Americans want to continue working remotely, while two-thirds of companies may render their current work-from-home policies permanent.
  • Here’s a list of companies that have already announced remote work as a long-term business strategy.
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In July, Google extended its employee work-from-home policy through June 2021. On Sunday night, the company extended that policy by three months. Starting in September 2021, Google employees will go back to the office part-time, working a minimum of three days in the office and the rest at home.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Source: Business Insider, Wall Street Journal,Time Magazine,Business Insider


Apple CEO Tim Cook said that it “seems likely” that most employees won’t be back in the office before June 2021 in a December 10 employee town hall meeting.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook. Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images

Source:Bloomberg


Job-search giant Indeed told all 10,000 employees to remain remote until July 2021. The company also announced the possibility of making the arrangement more permanent on a case-by-case basis.

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Indeed CEO Chris Hyams. Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images

Source: Indeed


Microsoft plans to begin reopening offices in January 2021, but will allow employees to work from home permanently on a case-by-case basis as of October 9. All employees will be able to work from home “partially” (less than 50% of the time) without approval.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Source: Business Insider,Business Insider,The Verge, Microsoft


American Express extended its temporary remote work policy until June 30, 2021 in a September statement. The company is still reopening its offices in phases — the announcement allows colleagues the choice to keep working from home.

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Source: American Express


On August 26, Airbnb extended its work-from-home policy until the end of August 2021. They are offering a $US500 stipend to employees for home office equipment, along with a $US500 quarterly credit to use specifically on Airbnbs.

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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Source: Airbnb


Earlier this summer, outdoor retailer REI announced that it is selling its brand new, unused 8-acre corporate campus in Bellevue, Washington. In an August 12 statement, CEO Eric Artz said the company will “lean into remote working as an engrained, supported, and normalized model” for employees.

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The REI Seattle campus that shuttered before it opened. REI Co-op

Source: Business Insider,REI, CNN


Uber told employees that they could work from home through June 2021 on August 4. Employees will also receive a $US500 stipend to set up a home office.

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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Source: Business Insider


In April, Zillow CEO Rich Barton announced plans to work from home through the end of 2020. The company has since extended that indefinitely. On July 29, the company announced it would offer employees the ability to work from home permanently.

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Zillow is a real estate database. SOPA Images / Contributor/Getty Images

Source: Housing Wire,Zillow


Reuters, the international news organisation, told employees they can work from home until January 2021.

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A Reuters sign in New York City. Photo Illustration by Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Source: Talking Biz News


Twitter, based in San Francisco, told employees in May that they could work from home indefinitely. The company suspended business travel and in-person events for the rest of 2020.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters

Source: Business Insider


Square, which is also led by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, adopted a similar policy around the same time and will allow employees to work from home indefinitely, even after offices reopen.

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Square CEO Jack Dorsey (R) demonstrates the Square payment system in 2013. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Source: Business Insider


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees in late May that many would be able to work from home indefinitely, and plans to keep staff remote through 2020.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images

Source: New York Times


Salesforce announced in May that it will give all employees an option to work from home through 2020, even as its 160 locations worldwide open on different timelines.

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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. Business Insider

Source: Business Insider


Seattle-based Amazon will allow employees to work from home through January 8, 2021, which was recently extended from October.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. David Ryder / Stringer / Getty Images

Source: Business Insider


Spotify told employees worldwide that they may continue working from home until 2021. Each office will open according to government guidelines city-by-city.

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Spotify is a music streaming service. Reuters

Source: Variety


Japanese electronic giant Hitachi also allowed employees to work from home amid the pandemic, and committed to having 70% of its employees work from home permanently.

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Hitachi CEO Toshiaki Higashihara. TORU YAMANAKA / Getty Images

Source: CNN


Coinbase, a cryptocurrency exchange company based in the Bay Area, will make working from home a permanent arrangement. CEO Brian Armstrong announced in May that the company will offer office space for those who would like it following lockdown, but most roles will remain remote.

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Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong. Anthony Harvey / Stringer

Source: Coinbase


Mastercard does not plan to implement a formal return to the office anytime soon. In May, it said employees can remain remote until they are comfortable returning.

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A Mastercard credit card. Reuters

Source: Reuters


Research company Nielsen plans to convert its New York City offices into meeting spaces for employees as they continue to work from home even after the pandemic passes.

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Nielsen CEO David Kenny. Michael Seto/Business Insider

Source: New York Times


Nationwide Insurance announced in May that it plans to downsize from 20 physical offices to just four following the pandemic. The majority of the company’s employees will continue to work from home permanently.

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Source: Fortune