Canva has a long-term commitment to a flexible work model for its employees, following Australian tech colleague Atlassian in embracing remote work.
The company has called the change part of its “long-term approach to the future of work”, in which it will focus on flexibility and connection and abolish any formal rules on presence in the office.
In an announcement released Tuesday, the company said it will not have strict requirements for the number of days spent in presence in an office, but will instead allow teams to decide the number of days employees should attend work in person or in. smartworking.
The presence? A matter of spirit
Canva said the decision followed internal research, including a survey showing that 79% of its teams say they feel productive working from home, with
81% say they want to continue to balance face-to-face work with remote work.
In practice, the company's new policy will not set strict requirements for balancing physical and remote work.
In attendance? At least 8 times a year
The weight of face-to-face work does not escape even companies like Canva, however. It's just balanced differently. Very differently.
The company said it expects to see employees appear in their "nearest Canva hub" at least eight times a year. The global approach to team building will also be rethought to adapt to the new weight given to work in the presence.
A “Meeting Free Wednesday” will be introduced for the whole company, a Wednesday in which you will be free to be in presence or at a distance. And we also think about work benefits that extend outside the office.
Traditional workplaces will become the exception
"We believe traditional workplaces will become the exception when it comes to the future of work," said Canva, adding that the pandemic has "disproved the idea that collaboration is better in person or in a specific place."
In late April, the Australian tech giant Atlassian announced a remote work policy which would allow its global staff of 5.700 people to work from anywhere in the world.
As part of its reinvented approach to flexible working, employees are expected to visit company offices in attendance four times a year to attend global summits, but otherwise they can design their own approach to office presence.
Initial internal surveys found that around 50% of employees intend to continue to go to the office regularly.
It is a global change
Canva and Atlassian show that these corporate policy changes not only reflect the global approach, but signal a shift in the flexibility employees themselves expect in their jobs.
Of course, these are avant-garde: Canva is a startup that is based on remote design and has had strong increases due to the lockdown, but one thing is certain: the presence in the workplace will be re-discussed worldwide.