Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff made controversial comments on remote work during the past year, stating his support for an on-site office environment. However, now, he has taken another position, claiming that “an immersive workspace is no longer limited to a desk in our Towers; the 9-to-5 workday is dead.”
Benioff’s stance on remote work has transformed. While Salesforce started as one of the big champions of remote work as soon as the pandemic started, they later demanded employees return to the office.
Earlier this year, Benioff stated that new employees should be in the office meeting people and being properly trained. When they are home and do not go through that process, “We don’t think they’re as successful”
However, now Benniof is changing this position, saying that they don’t need as much real estate anymore because employees learned how to work from home productively.
He mentioned MSNBC:
“I’m a remote worker. I’ve always been a remote worker my whole life. I don’t work well in an office; it just doesn’t work with my personality. For my people, that’s my message. They need to mix in person and remote together. Our engineers are extremely productive at home. We have lots of people who are extremely productive at home. But there also has to be sales people being productive in the office selling to customers and we need to make it all work.”