SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Salesforce, one of San Francisco’s top employers, is enabling workers to return to the office as early as next month.
The tech company released details of this plan on Monday.
The Salesforce Tower in San Francisco will be the first US office to reopen in May.
The offices in Palo Alto and Irvine also open. That doesn’t mean swarms of employees will flood downtown San Francisco, however – workers can work from home until the end of 2021 if they so choose.
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So who is the first to come back? Volunteers who are fully vaccinated. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after receiving one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Salesforce said the office will be open to “Volunteer Vaccinated Cohorts” who will work in groups of 100 or fewer on specific floors in specific offices. You will continue to follow safety protocols and will need to have a COVID test twice a week, which is available on site.
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In our phase of gradual reopening, the offices will gradually reopen from 20% to 75% based on COVID data assessment and local guidance. At this stage, we will greet both vaccinated and unvaccinated employees and will continue to follow safety protocols and run tests where possible. Today 17 of our offices around the world are open at this stage – most of them in the Asia Pacific region.
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After all, Salesforce expects to see full capacity as in pre-pandemic times. This begins as soon as your own data from COVID tests in the office show a positivity rate of less than 1%.
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The offices don’t look exactly the same, however.
The company announced that it is redesigning its lobbies, conference rooms, elevators, and other collaboration areas to include COVID-proof measures. This includes: new signage, non-contact handles and sensors, plexiglass between desks, temperature measuring stations and air purifiers in conference rooms.
Salesforce says that working life will be more flexible going forward – and that it will be easier for employees to work from customer premises, offices or cafes.