Slack is going remote

And just like that, another domino falls – Slack announced they are going permanent remote (or at least providing that option to all who want it + hiring permanent remote roles going forward).

This is yet another big move for remote work + Virtual teams In particular. This isn’t some declaration of war against the office nor is it an implication that people who like offices don’t have a place at Slack — you can work in the office if you want, but you’ll need to adjust to a greater reality.

Tweeted on Slack official channel:
Update on Slack office closures from Slack SVP of People Robby Kwok

As the Covid-19 epidemic has rapidly evolved, Slack is evolving along with it. First and foremost, that means prioritizing our employees’ health and well-being, while also providing as much clarity as possible on our plans for the future.

One thing we know: Slack is going to become a much more distributed company. 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.

Additionally, given the complexities of reopening our spaces and desire to prioritize the health and safety of our employees, we’re further extending the timeline for our office reopenings beyond September 1. We don’t yet have a date when offices will reopen for limited use, but we’ll continue to monitor the situation and share updates as we know more.

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