Music streaming service Spotify has announced its Work From Anywhere initiative, which will allow employees to work from almost anywhere they choose.
The program will allow employees to choose whether they want to be in the office full time, at home full time, or combining the two.
Spotify noted that the decision to return to the office or continue to work from home after the COVID-19 pandemic is over will be made by the company's employees. If the employee chooses a place where there is no company office nearby, they will get a co-working space membership if they prefer working in an office.
Spotify called the move a "new way of collaborating that allows Spotifiers to work from wherever they do their best thinking and creating."
"Through this distributed-first mentality, we are giving employees the opportunity to elect a Work Mode—whether they’d prefer to work mostly at home or in the office—as well as their geographic location," reads the company’s blog post.
Once the program is implemented in the summer, employees will need to talk to their manager and the team to decide how often they will visit the office, if at all.
A few restrictions on location within the program exist, though. They have to do with the time zone requirements and "regional laws," that is, the laws of the country in which the employee lives.
In the move to let employees work from home permanently, Spotify is joining several other big tech companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Microsoft in embracing a remote work culture. This will provide more flexibility in scheduling and allow workers to work from home for at least part of the week.
Earlier last week, Salesforce, a cloud computing company, also announced it would allow employees to work from home at least part of the week as well as give them more flexibility around their daily schedules.