While Intel’s over 113,000 employees used to work mostly on-site, the pandemic led the firm to “challenge assumptions” and adjust its workplace arrangements.
Now, the company will offer three work models to its employees: full-time remote, full-time onsite and hybrid.
Most Intel employees are working remotely at the moment, but its amount of on-site workers is expected to grow as it opens new factories in Arizona.
“We’ve got a lot of factories and a lot of energy around our sites where we make our products and design our products,” said Amber Wiseley, senior director of global benefits at Intel. “That’s part of our culture and history. Now we have moved to this social experiment of working from home.”
While the company does not have a concrete return date, Wiseley said that the firm will invite workers back into the office when it’s safe to do so and will be done in phases depending on Covid protocols across each region.
However, employees will have the ability to apply for full-time remote positions based on their job position. Moving to remote working may also come with a salary adjustment depending on their location.
The hybrid option will also allow employees to choose when they want to work remotely, in the office, or even in other office locations outside of their usual one.
“We’re embracing the idea of employee choice,” said Wiseley. “Being able to have more and more flexibility should just unlock productivity, creativity, and the ability to solve the most difficult problems.”