It’s a played-out topic: should organizations promote a work from anywhere approach moving forward, or should they return to “business as usual” once COVID-19 is no longer a threat? Well, audio streaming service Spotify has made a decision.
According to a Reuters report, Spotify will allow employees to work from anywhere going forward, while it is already evaluating its office spaces around the world.
These bullet points are part of Spotify’s blog post, giving the reasoning behind this decision:
- Work isn’t something our people come to the office for, it’s something they do.
- Effectiveness can’t be measured by the number of hours people spend in an office. Instead, giving people the freedom to choose where they work will boost effectiveness.
- Giving our people more flexibility will support a better work-life balance and also help tap into new talent pools while keeping our existing band members.
- A distributed-first structure will challenge us to improve our communication and collaboration practices, processes, and tools.
More from Reuters:
With work shifting to cloud-based systems and people tuning into meetings online, offices have adapted a remote working lifestyle as vaccine inoculations could still take the better half of the year to complete.
Spotify’s move is in step with several technology companies that plan to keep some of the new ways of working that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Salesforce.com Inc and Twitter Inc have already shifted to hybrid or permanent remote working models.
This decision may have been especially easy for Spotify to make, as the global pandemic has treated them well. According to Reuters, Spotify subscriptions surged to 155 million in the fourth quarter of 2020.
All that to say: I’m sure they can afford to hire extra IT and other specialists to ensure the indefinite switch to remote work goes smoothly.