90% employees don’t want to a rigid office schedule: Dropbox’s internal survey
Employees can make their own schedules in the new ‘virtual first’ policy
Dropbox will set up collaboration spaces called ‘Dropbox Studios’
Cloud services company Dropbox is allowing its employees to work from home permanently, as part of its new ‘virtual first’ approach, it announced Tuesday in a blog post.
All employees of Dropbox have been working from home since March when the pandemic triggered lockdowns. This mandatory work-from-home policy has now been extended until June 2021. The change comes after an internal survey by the company suggested that nearly 90% of employees feel productive at home and don’t want to return to a rigid five-day in-office workweek.
Dropbox is the latest to join technology companies including Microsoft, Twitter, Slack, and Facebook to announce permanent work-from-home policies.
“Remote work will be the primary experience for all employees
Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (“Seoul”) (KOSDAQ 046890), a leading global innovator of LED products and technology, announced that it has successfully obtained a permanent injunction and destruction in a patent litigation against Leuchtstark Vertriebs GmbH for infringement of Seoul’s patents in Germany.
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The world’s first 2nd generation LED technologies of Seoul Semiconductor (Graphic: Business Wire)
Infringing products are LED light bulbs manufactured by Klite lighting, a subsidiary of Signify – formerly Philips Lighting. In other recent litigations, Seoul has obtained two permanent injunctions against Philips brand television products as well.
The District Court of Düsseldorf also ordered the distributor to recall infringing products sold after October 2017 from commercial customers and to destroy those products.
“To enjoy benefits of the 2nd generation technology, Seoul’s intellectual property is absolutely necessary,” said Chung Hoon Lee and Young Joo Lee, CEOs
Microsoft has told staff that they will have the option of working from home permanently with manager approval.
The move mimics the US tech giant’s rivals Facebook and Twitter, which have also said remote work would be a permanent option.
It follows a rapid shift away from office working prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Many companies are reconsidering how much office space they need, expecting a long-term increase in remote staff.
Microsoft said some roles will continue to require an in-person presence, such as those needing access to hardware, the firm added. But many staff will also be able to work from home part-time, without needing formal approval from their managers.
“Our goal is to evolve the way we work over time with intention—guided by employee input, data, and our
Microsoft has released new “hybrid workplace” guidance that lays out how employees can have a more flexible remote work schedule and even relocate elsewhere in the country as the tech giant continues to adjust to changing needs during the ongoing pandemic.
The Verge first reported on the internal messaging Friday, saying that Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft will allow employees to work from home freely for less than 50 percent of their working week, and managers will be able to approve permanent remote work.
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Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s chief people officer, said in a note to employees that the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged everyone to “think, live, and work in new ways.”
“We will offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual work styles, while
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said that the success of remote working during the pandemic meant the tech giant would not “return to the way we were.”
Some aspects of virtual working were here to stay, he said, without being specific.
But Cook also stressed the limitations of remote working, such as not having impromptu meetings with colleagues. He cannot wait to return to the office, he said.
He hoped most employees would be back in the office by the end of 2020, he added.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook said Monday that some of the tech giant’s new working-from-home habits were here to stay.
During the pandemic, the company has found “there are some things that actually work really well virtually,” he said in an interview at The Atlantic Festival. It meant Apple would not “return to the way we were.”
(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said he’s been impressed by employees’ ability to operate remotely and predicted that some new work habits will remain after the pandemic.
During an interview at The Atlantic Festival on Monday, Cook said Apple created products including new Apple Watches and iPads that are launching on time this year, despite the need for most employees to work away from the office due to Covid-19.
Cook said he doesn’t believe Apple will “return to the way we were because we’ve found that there are some things that actually work really well virtually.”
The comments contrast with the views of other executives, such as Netflix Inc.’s Reed Hastings, who recently called remote work “a pure negative,” and Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase & Co., who warned of