Vancouver-headquartered Visier announced today that their 400+ employees will transition to an entirely remote workforce for the foreseeable future. Visier closed its offices in Vancouver and San Jose due to the impact of COVID-19 back in April of this year.
Major tech companies like Google, Facebook and Shopify have all, in one form or another, announced plans to allow employees to work from home well into 2021. Twitter has gone even further and announced a permanent work-from-home policy that puts the decision to work at home or in the office in the hands of the individual employee.
In the six months since Visier closed their offices, the cloud-based data platform has shown that a work from home model can be an effective path forward for the business, even launching the largest software update in the company’s history in September, all with developers working remotely.
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“This announcement gives our employees the ability to plan ahead and have some certainty during uncertain times. Knowing that there will not be an abrupt shift back to an office allows people to plan, or maintain their routine. We remain hopeful that the future will bring in-person collaboration, and still feel that having a physical presence in Vancouver is important,” Paul Rubenstein, Visier’s Chief People Officer, told Techcouver.
“Office norms might be different in the future, and the way forward might be a hybrid of remote and in-office, but we envision a world where human contact is still valued.”
Moving forward, Visier will be completely remote organization throughout 2021, while retaining their physical office space as a location for employees to use at their discretion. In addition, all full time employees receive $1,000 in work from home setup costs, and reimbursements for home phone and internet.