Silicon Valley companies in no rush to open offices despite virus ban easing

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Silicon Valley companies in no rush to open offices despite virus ban easing


Several of the San Francisco Bay Area’s biggest tech companies, including Twitter Inc and Google, plan to keep their offices largely closed for months more, after the government allowed them to open in Tuesday. limited capacity.

Taking into account the drop in coronavirus infections, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties relaxed guidelines that had kept most office buildings closed last year, except for crucial security and support staff .

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From Wednesday, companies are allowed to open their offices up to a quarter of their capacity.

“San Francisco is going to come alive,” the mayor of London Breed told reporters. “When we start to reopen, more and more people will want to go back to work and want to be with other people. ”

But Silicon Valley companies that pledged last year to allow workers to stay at home until this summer or indefinitely have said they are meeting their deadlines.

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They cited their own analyzes of public health data, other safety considerations and worker preferences. The adoption of vaccines, which in California are only available to the most vulnerable populations, is also a factor, but less important.

Networking equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc and file storage service Dropbox Inc have said their mandatory work-at-home policies will remain in effect until June, while Box Inc has said it is still slated to reopen. September.

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Pinterest Inc does not consider a significant reopening until at least August, Alphabet Inc’s Google until September and DocuSign Inc not until October.

Twitter, Adobe Inc, PayPal Holdings Inc, Twilio Inc, Yelp Inc and Zoom Video Communications Inc will also remain closed despite what Breed and other local government officials have described as an “orange level” shift from the “red level” of the Californian lockdown restrictions.

Breed spokesman Jeff Cretan said officials in San Francisco expected small and medium businesses to be the first to return.

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Among the few companies that wanted to take advantage of the easing were SAP SE, which said it strongly plans to partially reopen its Bay Area offices in the next few weeks, and Slack Technologies, which is considering a date for invite some workers.

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San Francisco e-commerce software start-up Fast will open its doors – and windows for security – to up to 25% of its 56 Bay Area employees on Wednesday, the spokesperson said. Jason Alderman. He said the company expects to start receiving applications from people forced to work remotely by their current employers.

“Companies like Fast that allow people to walk into the office if they want to will be an advantage in hiring,” he said.

A survey conducted late last year of 9,000 knowledge workers commissioned by workplace chat software company Slack found that 20% wanted to work remotely, 17% in the office, and 63% wanted to work remotely. mix of the two.

Facebook Inc, whose offices remain closed globally until July 2, said this month it was opening 10% of seats in Seattle-area offices to help struggling home workers. He had no similar news to share from his San Francisco offices.

Microsoft Corp, which on Monday announced plans to partially reopen its Redmond, Washington headquarters next week, did not immediately comment on the San Francisco sites.

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IBM declined to discuss the Bay Area plans. But several senior executives from its New York headquarters have started working from their offices with closed doors.

(Reporting by Paresh Dave; Additional reporting by Jane Lanhee Lee; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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