Salesforce.com announced that it is planning to reopen its San Francisco headquarters in May along with its offices in Palo Alto and Irvine, Calif.
The cloud company’s tower in San Francisco has 61 floors and 1.4 million square feet of office space. Office attendance will not be compulsory in the beginning, as employees will have the option to work from home through year's end.
Office reopening will occur in three stages. In the first stage, which is limited to the U.S. and only in areas that have a company-assigned coronavirus risk rating that’s flat or decreasing, fully vaccinated employees can volunteer to join groups of up to 100 people who can work on certain floors; the company will require employees to take Covid tests twice a week. In the second stage, Salesforce will operate at 20% to 75% capacity based on the company’s assessment of risk, and employees can enter office even if they have not received a vaccine. The final stage will allow offices to operate up to 100% capacity.
According to the company, it has already safely opened 22 offices globally, for business-critical employees (who have been at different offices since the beginning of the pandemic). Most of those 22 offices reopened last May in China, South Korea, and Hong Kong.
In a separate statement, Salesforce said it was donating $1.5 million to fight homelessness.