Salesforce founder, chairman and co-CEO Mark Benioff speaks at the Washington Economic Club luncheon in Washington, DC on October 18, 2019.
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Sales force Chief Executive Mark Benioff said on Tuesday that he would not return to his pre-pandemic workplace.
Benioff said in an onstage interview at the code conference in Beverly Hills, California: “I’m sorry to all my friends, but we won’t all go back.”
Benioff’s statement on the future of the office is particularly striking because his company’s 61-story building in San Francisco just opened more than three years ago. The company also owns large buildings in Indianapolis, London, New York and Tokyo.
These were built before Benioff had 18 months to learn how his company and other companies could effectively work with employees working at home or other remote areas.
“We now have nearly 75,000 people,” Benioff said. “They are not in their towers. We built these gorgeous towers. They are at home most of the time, which is good.”
In July, Salesforce closure The acquisition of Slack for $27.7 billion was the largest acquisition in its history. Slack’s software helps employees stay in touch via phone calls and chat messages and products from companies like these Skyrocket with Microsoft, Has become a core part of the pandemic investment portfolio.
“We won’t go back, that’s why we are Slack,” Benioff said.
He said on Tuesday that not all his colleagues agree with his views on remote work. Benioff said that CEOs of large companies called him and said they wanted their employees to return to the office. He told them that work will be different, and people gather in events, off-site company meetings, and special training events.
Benioff pointed out that some companies already operate in this way. Automattic is the owner of the content management software WordPress. It does not have a physical headquarters but brings employees together Airbnb Benioff said that it is listed once a month. Salesforce’s venture capital arm is an investor in Automattic.
Last week, Salesforce held its annual Dreamforce conference, most of which were conducted in a virtual way. Benioff said that about 1,000 people gathered at the event in San Francisco in person. At the 2019 conference, this was the last conference before the pandemic, with more than 170,000 people attending.