Walmart reportedly to allow tech employees to work remotely even post-pandemic

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Walmart reportedly to allow tech employees to work remotely even post-pandemic

By Marianne Wilson - 05/28/2020
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More and more companies are rethinking their office operations based on the success they have had as employees work from home during the COVID-19 crisis.

Walmart Inc. has told its army of tech workers, who have been working remotely during the pandemic, that they don’t have to return to the office soon — or potentially, ever, reported CNBC. The retail giant has about 10,000 tech employees, the report said, with many based in the Silicon Valley.

“We believe the way of working in the future, particularly in tech, will be fundamentally different than it was before,” Walmart global chief technology officer Suresh Kumar wrote in a memo to the chain’s tech employees. “We believe it will be one in which working virtually will be the new normal, at least for most of the work we lead.”

In the memo, Kumar said Walmart’s tech team has “thrived” during the pandemic and that has influenced plans for the future. He also noted that, in this “unusual time,” many companies, largely those in tech and services, are “thinking differently about the future of work.” (Earlier this month, Twitter told its employees they could work from home forever.)

“Instead of having employees come to the office each day, office space “will be used primarily for collaboration, to sync up and strengthen camaraderie,” Kumar wrote, according to CNBC.

For the full story, including the memo, click here.
 

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