By Nickie Louise
Spotify joins the list of companies that are adapting to the “Work from Anywhere” model after the coronavirus pandemic broke out a year ago. In a blog post on Friday, Swedish music streaming company announced it will let employees work from anywhere in the world.
According to the announcement, the new “Work from Anywhere” model will allow employees to choose whether they want to be in the office full time, be at home full time, or a combination of the two. Spotify also added that it will also introduce more flexibility around locations, so employees will be able to choose the country and city where they work. In a statement, Spotify said:
“Today, Spotify is proud to introduce Work From Anywhere (WFA), a new way of collaborating that allows Spotifiers to work from wherever they do their best thinking and creating. Through this distributed-first mentality, we are giving employees the opportunity to elect a Work Mode—whether they’d prefer to work mostly at home or in the office—as well as their geographic location.”
With no certainty on when vaccine inoculations will complete, many companies are now shifting to the WFA model. In addition, as cloud-based systems become more available, more people now using online meetings and adapting to remote working lifestyles.
“As part of our ongoing Dynamic Workplace effort, we’re reevaluating our office spaces across the globe for increased sustainability, flexibility, and well-being to ensure that all of our employees, regardless of ability or situation, can work comfortably and efficiently,” the company said in a blog post. “The ultimate goal of our new design approach is to ensure that employees have a place where they can focus, collaborate, and create—whether that’s at a desk, in a conference room, or in cafe spaces.”
Spotify is not alone in embracing the WFA model. Salesforce.com Inc and Twitter Inc have already shifted to hybrid or permanent remote working models.
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Spotify started in October 2008 as a startup Spotify AB in Stockholm, Sweden. Spotify is a commercial music streaming service that provides restricted digital content from a range of record labels and artists. The company also provides a freemium service; basic features are free with advertisements or limitations.
Spotify is a commercial music streaming service that provides restricted digital content from a range of record labels and artists. Users can browse through the interface by artist, album, genre, playlist, record label, and direct searches.
Spotify also enables individuals to create, share, and edit playlists with other users. If users want recommendations, they can integrate their system with Last.fm, an application that provides music recommendations based on listening history. The radio feature installed in Spotify creates random playlists for its users that are related to preferred artists.