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Salesforce announces permanent remote work for most employees

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The largest private employer in San Francisco announced today that more than half of its workforce will continue working remotely or on a flexible schedule after the pandemic is over.

Salesforce introduced its “Work From Anywhere” strategy, estimating that more than 65% of employees will adopt the new system, based on a company survey.

For those that will be coming into an office, the current spaces will be redesigned to accommodate more of a “community hub” feel, focusing on collaboration and breakout areas to foster moments of human connection.

Without the attachment to physical office space, the company will also be able to expand its talent search. “Our talent strategy is no longer bound by barriers like location, so we can broaden our search beyond traditional city centers and welcome untapped talent from new communities and geographies,” the statement said.

Salesforce has more than 9,000 employees in the Bay Area, according to LinkedIn, and leases more than two-thirds of its namesake Salesforce Tower.

While Salesforce has yet to comment on what this all means for its overall office footprint in San Francisco, it certainly wouldn’t be the first company to downsize due to the changing nature of work. Old Navy announced Tuesday it would be shutting down its Mission Bay offices and moving into parent company Gap Inc’s workspace. Last week, Yelp confirmed its San Francisco headquarters at 140 New Montgomery St. were up for lease and in August 2020, Pinterest paid $89.5 million to terminate its lease for 88 Bluxome.

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