Will the Bay Area ever go back to the office or is work-from-home here to stay?
At Attivo Networks, a Fremont cybersecurity company, CEO Tushar Kothari is already talking about a future in which coming to the office isn’t required. He’s been going into work during the shutdown, but he’s the only one. “We learned that we could do everything without being face to face because we use all this video-conferencing,” Kothari said. “In fact, our productivity has gone up. All put together it’s been a very, very positive experience. And we think that we’ll carry this forward well into the future. We just don’t see the need to go back to where we were before.”
Kothari believes Attivo will make office work optional once shelter-in-place orders are relaxed. “We are moving to what I call task-based and results-based work: As long as you complete your task and you produce your results, that’s more important than you being here 8-5 or whatever,” he said. Possibly the company will organize weekly lunch meetings, with a couple of hours in the office on either side, for employees to get together, socialize and share ideas, he said. But, said executive Carolyn Crandall, Attivo’s 30 Bay Area workers and 170 others in 10 countries are not “dying to return to commuting and dressing up for work.”
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