In the last few months, companies from the most different sectors have found that the home office works and, therefore, plan to maintain the modality after the pandemic. Already Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix, is not favorable to remote work. But he warns: his employees will only return to the offices when there is a vaccine against the coronavirus of COVID-19.
The statement was made in an interview with Wall Street Journal. When asked if he sees benefits in the home office, Hastings was adamant: “I don’t see anything positive. Not being available to meet in person, especially at international meetings, is purely negative ”.
Following, the vehicle asked the Netflix CEO what he thinks of the plans of many companies to maintain the home office after the pandemic:
“If I had to guess, I would say that the five-day workweek at the office would become four days plus a remote workday. I bet that’s where many companies fail, ”said Hastings.
Despite the entrepreneur’s visible aversion to the home office, Netflix has kept employees as far as possible remotely since the pandemic began.
It will be like this for a long time. When asked about a time limit for returning to the offices, Hastings explained that this will probably not happen until six months after a vaccine is made available.
Assuming that a vaccine will be widely available in late 2020 – a rather optimistic timeframe – Netflix would therefore not return to office activities until mid-2021, therefore.
This is more or less the stipulated deadline for the return of face-to-face work by Google employees and other technology companies. Still, there must be some flexibility in the deadlines, after all, the evolution of the pandemic follows different stages in different parts of the world.
It is worth mentioning that the interview Wall Street Journal revolves around the book by Reed Hastings The Rule Is No Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention, which was recently launched in the United States and will be officially available in Brazil this month.