Salesforce gives its teams a wide berth to decide where they work, but the company is still bullish on the office. On Wednesday, the software giant revealed plans to open four new Salesforce Towers in Chicago, Dublin, Sydney and Tokyo in the next two years.
Despite the new investment in real estate, Salesforce continues to allow teams to decide how often they work from the office. Events, workshops and customer meetings have been luring more employees back to the office in the last few months, with Tuesdays and Wednesdays proving to be the most popular office days, according to a blog post from Steve Brashear, Salesforce’s senior vice president of global real estate.
“While our employees resoundingly enjoy the flexibility our new approach offers, their number one request is to get together in person with their teams,” Brashear wrote. 77% of employees say they want to see their teams in person, according to Salesforce.
It’s clear that Big Tech is not backing off from the office. Companies like DoorDash, Robinhood, Amazon and Twitter are all expanding into new offices, even with flexible work policies that allow tech workers to work from home much, if not all, of the time. Google — which is also investing in office space — is eager to bring workers back to campus at least three days a week by early April.
Similar to many other companies, Salesforce is increasing the amount of collaboration space in its offices from 40% to 60%. 80% of Salesforce’s 110 offices are now open, with the most foot traffic at offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, Sydney and Tokyo, according to Brashear.