The CEO of Canadian e-commerce firm Shopify Inc declared on Thursday the end of “office centricity” and decided to keep company offices closed till 2021, allowing most employees to work remotely on a permanent basis after that.
Ottawa-based Shopify, which briefly became Canada’s most valuable company earlier this month, had more than 5,000 employees and contractors worldwide as of December.
“As of today, Shopify is a digital by default,” Tobi Lutke, who is also the founder of Shopify, said in a tweet. “We will keep our offices closed until 2021 so that we can rework them for this new reality.
“Office centricity is over.”
U.S. tech firms Square Inc and Twitter Inc also recently allowed employees to continue working from home permanently.
Tech giants like Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google have allowed most of their employees to work remotely until the end of this year.
Shopify’s move comes as businesses adjust to the …