Most Shopify employees won’t return to office after coronavirus pandemic, CEO says


Lutke allowed Shopify's more than 5,000 employees to work from home months ago when COVID-19 started sweeping Canada. Offices will be limited to 20 per cent to 25 per cent capacity after that.

"Office centricity is over", Lutke said in the tweet. Banks such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. and are also reducing office capacity, at least in the short-term, as they try to maintain physical distancing in the wake of the pandemic.

Shopify offices will remain closed until 2021, and then reopen with a significant shift in goal as the company looks to make the remote work experience the same as for those in the office. We choose to jump in the driver's seat, instead of being passengers to the changes ahead. Its shares have nearly doubled this year, benefiting from the shift to online shopping through the pandemic.

"I think it's important to adjust to new realities as quick as we can", said Lutke.

The CEO wants to make the work experience the same for everyone in his company, no matter where they work from, and thinks it may actually help to have Shopify operate in this way because numerous merchants they serve are in the same situation.

Shopify becomes the first major Canadian company to allow staff to work from home permanently, even as many large manufacturing companies, including Bombardier, gradually bring back some of their workers following reopening plans announced by Canadian provinces.

It also announced that it would lease about 23,597 square metres (253,995 square feet) of space at The Well complex in Toronto to be built at Front St.

Its chief talent officer Brittany Forsyth said in a statement it's going to keep "recruitment hubs" in those cities and others such as Toronto, Montreal and Waterloo, Ont.

Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google are allowing most of their employees to work remotely until the end of this year.



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