Top 10 news about flexible and remote work in 2020

Flexible and remote work has taken the world by storm this 2020. Satellite office and hybrid office makes it possible. The future workspace is how they will expand the business office and provide more flexible or remote work.

If you’re not convinced yet, you can check out the top 10 best news about flexible and remote work for 2020. Through this list, you can see how remote work is taking over the workforce. This will be the future and if you’re a business owner, it’s time to provide flexible jobs if you want to grow.

1. HSBC Staff in Hong Kong Can Now Reportedly Work 4 Days a Week from Home — and They’ll Get a $322 Allowance to Set Up a Home Office

A flexible workweek for HSBC staff has been implemented. They now have an option to work from home 4 days a week for the flexible home workers. For flexible office workers, they can work 2 days from home. These are the staff who work primarily in the office setting.

The $322 allowance to set up a home office will be for the staff who can commit to working from home for more than 2 days a week. They should commit to it for at least one year to get that allowance based on the memo. HSBC also informs the staff that they are developing more flexible ways on how they work. 

2. Tech Firms Offer Free Remote Working Tools, as Coronavirus Cases Surge

As coronavirus cases surge, six tech firms offer free remote working tools that will help other companies with their work from home scheme.

Box is offering three months free for file sharing and collaboration. Cisco is extending its services to its existing customers of Webex. Cloudflare offers 500 seats of Cloudflare Teams. Google also expands its features with Hangouts Meet. It can be used for video conferences and allows to host a meeting of up to 250 participants. While GoToMeeting offers three months of free site-wide licensing for its video conferencing solution. Meanwhile, Microsoft offers a six-month free trial of their Office 365 E1.

3. “Work-From-Anywhere in India”: Government Eases Rules For IT Services

The New Delhi government announced simplified guidelines for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and IT-Enabled Services (ITES) players to reduce their compliance burden for the industry and facilitate “work from home” and “work from anywhere”.

“These will provide several benefits. India is a global outsourcing hub and the new guidelines will promote outsourcing at scale, bringing in more work to India. With the relaxation in WFH regulations, companies will be able to tap into talent from small towns and remote parts of the country,” Nasscom Senior Director and Public Policy Head Ashish Aggarwal said.

4. Google Delays Return to Office and Eyes ‘Flexible Work Week’

Google announced the return to office notice back in September 2020. However, due to the surge of the pandemic, it has been delayed until today. Instead of going back to the regular office, the flexible workweek is the solution that they are looking at currently.

The plan to return to the office has been pushed back for the meantime. Google extended remote work for most of its staff. They are still looking at other solutions that will help them to continue operating. Since the vaccine is still in the process of transporting to the U.S., they have to resort to the flexible work week until further notice.

5. Australians Want to Work from Home More Post-COVID

A lot of Australian workers choose to work from home even after the pandemic ends. It’s based on a survey that has been conducted around the country by the University of Sydney Business School. It has been discovered before COVID that there is one person who works from home out of five employees.

Transportation is one of the main reasons why employees prefer to settle with the work from home environment. Although it improved since the 2015 downfall, the pandemic becomes a game-changer. New South Wales and Queensland observed the rise of remote work during the pandemic which means everybody is still working hard.

6. Companies Rethink the Office, But They’re Not Ready to Say Goodbye

The accounting firm Wiss is ready to be transformed after its growth. They are about to move into a bigger and better office and then the lockdown happens. That made them immediately shift to a remote work model. That made their new headquarters look empty. But they have to do what needs to get done.

Although these changes happen unexpectedly, they are not planning to let go of their massive office. They were also anti-work from home before the pandemic happened. But now, they know that the hybrid model works. That’s why they have to continue with the work from home setting even if they have a bigger office now.

7. “The We Company” is Changing Its Name Back to WeWork

We Company announced their rebranding to WeWork even after they did the change only two years prior. The company rebranded its name to reflect its ventures, core product, co-working areas, and more. They experienced slow business during the pandemic but that didn’t stop them to change their name again.

However, the pandemic is not just the only major blow to WeWork. Back in September 2019, they ended up pulling its IPO. Their S-1 filing revealed its financial conditions, business practices, and questionable management. Although the company had a new CEO, Sandeep Mathrani that turned the company around that made it valued at $2.9 billion in May.

8. Alibaba Wants to Make Remote Work the New Normal: Will It Succeed?

Back in 2003, Alibaba was hit because of the SARS outbreak. It made them more ready when the COVID-19 hit this year. As early as January, they were able to already develop a manual about remote working. It happens within just seven hours of the outbreak.

A platform that Alibaba employees can use for remote work has been developed right away. They also come up with AliPay which is an e-payment app that can be used to record the employees’ health details. The team was able to take advantage of the technology to ensure everyone’s safety until we all can get back to normal.

9. 21 Major Companies that Have Announced Employees Can Work Remotely Long-Term

Major companies are still to continue their remote work set up and are not rushing to get back to their traditional offices. These companies announced that they will allow their employees to work remotely permanently. It also said that more than half of Americans prefer to work from home even after that pandemic.

Uber, AmEx, as well as Airbnb also extended their policies about remote work. Google, Apple, Indeed, Microsoft, and more major companies already announce the long term remote work set up this year. It can go beyond even after the pandemic so employees can have flexible work schedules as well as location.

10. Microsoft is Letting More Employees Work from Home Permanently

Microsoft announced that more of its employees can work from home permanently last October 2020. They were able to come up with the hybrid workplace idea to make it possible to offer flexibility with its employees. The pandemic challenges the way we think, live, and work, according to Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s chief people officer.

Microsoft employees will be allowed to move across the country. They are to adjust the compensation and benefits depending on their pay scale. Microsoft will shoulder the home operations costs of their employees. Flexible working hours are also included and even part-time working hours. Other companies such as Facebook are also offering remote work for their employees.


These are the top 10 news about flexible and remote work. Although each company’s response to the pandemic differs, it made us realize that remote work was possible & even needed in this context. At FLYDESK, we believe the work model has changed for good and the concepts of Hybrid office & Satellite office will become the new normal. FLYDESK helps companies implement hybrid work models & transform traditional office spaces into shared workspaces, learn more here. Find the best coworking spaces around you with FLYDESK.

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