Zillow (Z) will give all of its employees the option to work from home through at least the end of 2020, even as some office locations may start phased reopenings in coming months.
Some areas of the United States have begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions meant to stop the spread of coronavirus, prompting companies in those areas to consider when and how to call employees back to the office. Some experts say that even as businesses reopen, if schools remain closed and childcare is hard to come by, employees could struggle to get back to work.
Zillow said in a statement it wants to give employees "the flexibility and visibility to manage their lives with work in these uncertain times."
We’ve learned a lot over the past two months and have watched our teams pull together from their homes to keep the company moving forward," the statement said. "This situation has dramatically changed how we envision our future of work and we expect this experience will influence our decisions going forward."
The online home listing company employs around 5,200 people in 37 offices throughout 21 US states and Vancouver, British Columbia. It first asked all employees to work from home starting in the second week of March, though several office locations closed earlier that month.
Zillow said it will begin working on a phased reopening of its offices based on guidance from government officials, employee feedback and other factors, but the company said it expects it to be "a gradual process over many months."