Slack to offer employees permanent remote working policy

Business communications platform Slack will introduce a permanent flexible working policy for the majority of its 1,664 employees.

The organisation has made the decision to not reopen its offices due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, until at least 1 September 2020, and when the offices do open, if their roles permits, employees will have the option to work flexibly, permanently.

Additionally, Slack are also looking at recruiting employees who solely work remotely.

The organisation also confirmed that it will pay all of its employees and contractors full pay until the end of the year.

Robby Kwok, senior vice president of people at Slack, said: “As the Coronavirus epidemic has rapidly evolved, Slack is evolving along with it. First and foremost, that means prioritising our employees’ health and well-being, while also providing as much clarity as possible on our plans for the future.

“Although there are many things we can’t know about what work will look like in the future, the Slack team is working tirelessly to understand our options, determine what choices we need to make, and understand how best to support our employees and our organisation over the long term. We are closely monitoring the situation globally and will provide further updates as new information is available.

“One thing we know: Slack is going to become a much more distributed business. That means most employees will have the option to work remotely on a permanent basis if they choose, and we will begin to increasingly hire employees who are permanently remote.”