- Remote working was a culture change for chip giant Intel. Before the pandemic, employees mainly worked on site.
- Intel will deploy three models: fully on-site work, fully remote work, and a hybrid model.
- Intel doesn’t have a specific return date, but factory and lab workers are already working on site.
Before the pandemic, Intel employees mainly worked on-site, especially since much of its work takes place in factories and laboratories.
This has resulted in a significant cultural shift for the company and its more than 113,000 employees who have worked remotely over the past year and a half. Remote working has been “one of the greatest transformations in Intel history,” Amber Wiseley, senior director of global benefits at Intel, told Insider, adding that he had taught the company to ” challenge assumptions ”. Intel will now offer three work models for employees: fully remote, fully on-premise, and hybrid.
“We have a lot of factories and a lot of energy around our sites where we make our products and design our products,” Wiseley said. “It’s part of our culture and part of our history. Now we’ve moved on to this social experience of working from home.”
Most of the $ 211 billion chip giant’s employees currently work remotely, although those who work in factories and laboratories must work on site. Its number of on-site employees will likely increase, as Intel announced earlier this year that it would invest $ 20 billion to build new plants in Arizona.
Intel currently does not have a specific return date, but it plans to invite its employees to the site “as soon as it is safe to do so,” Wiseley said. Employees will be prompted to return to the site in phases, based on COVID security protocols in the geographic location.
Some roles, such as those in factories and laboratories, will require employees to work on site. Many of these employees are already doing this. Their job doesn’t look much different than before COVID, although there are fewer people on site as some employees can work from home.
Additionally, employees will have the option to request to work entirely remotely if they wish, although this will have to go through company guidelines. It depends on whether their work can be done entirely remotely and whether they live in an approved location. There may be salary adjustments, depending on location, but that’s on a case-by-case basis, Wiseley said.
Intel will also roll out a new hybrid option where employees can have more flexibility to choose whether they want to work remotely or in the office. In practice, this would mean that employees could work some days on site and others remotely. Wiseley expects this option to apply to most Intel employees. The company also plans to improve the way it uses its offices so that employees can work temporarily in offices other than their usual location.
“We embrace 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 toughest problems.”
Having these three options could be a competitive advantage for Intel and help the company attract and retain talent, Wiseley said.
“We recognize that we do not have a one-size-fits-all approach and that we will do our best to embrace that diversity and meet our employees where they are,” said Wiseley.
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