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Canada's Shopify CEO says era of 'office centricity is over; most staff to permanently work from home

Canada's Shopify CEO says era of 'office centricity is over; most staff to permanently work from home

21/5/2020 8:36:00 PM

Canada 's Shopify CEO says era of 'office centricity is over; most staff to permanently work from home

Canadian e-commerce firm Shopify Inc would keep its offices closed till 2021 and allow most employees to work remotely on a permanent basis after ...

BookmarkREUTERS: 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.

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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.AdvertisementAdvertisement"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.”Shopify's move comes as businesses adjust to the impact of COVID-19, which is also expected to reshape the future of office spaces after the pandemic retreats.Shopify becomes the first major Canadian company to allow staff to work from home permanently, even as many large manufacturing companies, including Bombardier, gradually bring back some of their workers following reopening plans announced by Canadian provinces.

AdvertisementAdvertisementU.S. tech firms Square Inc and Twitter Inc also recently allowed employees to continue working from home permanently.Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google are allowing most of their employees to work remotely until the end of this year.

Shopify, which has a market value of CUS$119 billion (US$85 billion, is a seen by investors and analysts as a domestic success story in an era where many large high-tech companies have made their home in the United States' Silicon Valley.As COVID-19 pandemic shutdown large swaths of the Canadian economy, more consumers have moved to online shopping, increasing the appeal of companies like Shopify and making it popular among investors. The stock has jumped about 117per cent this year, compared with a 13per cent drop in the benchmark Canada stock index.

Its shares were up 4.2per cent at midday, while the benchmark index was down 0.6per cent.(Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru, Denny Thomas in Toronto; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Aurora Ellis) Read more: CNA »

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