Salesforce, cloud computing provider, is the latest Silicon Valley business to announce a shift in how employees will work post-pandemic Facebook announced in the summer of 2020 it would let employees request to work from home permanently, for example. Other tech giants including Twitter and Microsoft has also announced changes to their long-term remote work polices.
This week, in a blog post, Salesforce said the “9-to-5 workday is dead” and that it will allow employees to choose one of three categories that dictate how often, if ever, they return to the office once it’s safe to do so. Salesforce said it would be giving employees more freedom to choose what their daily schedules look like.
“As we enter a new year, we must continue to go forward with agility, creativity and a beginner’s mind — and that includes how we cultivate our culture. An immersive workspace is no longer limited to a desk in our Towers; the 9-to-5 workday is dead; and the employee experience is about more than ping-pong tables and snacks,” writes Brent Hyder, Salesforce’s chief people officer.
As big enterprises make permanent changes to how they view the workforce and the workplace going forward, questions remain if other companies will follow suit, and how such changes will affect workforce efficiency and workplace balance. For security professionals, such changes add to the ever-evolving threat landscape at the enterprise level and give them a chance to solidify cybersecurity, communications and data privacy policies into the future. It appears the future of the enterprise will be an opportunity for security leaders to evolve further and create robust, integrated programs that protect the organization, its people and assets.