Netflix boss: Remote working has negative effects

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Netflix’s chairman has said working from home has no positive effects and makes debating ideas harder.

But Reed Hastings, who founded the platform, also said 8,600 employees would not have to return to the office until most of them had received an approved coronavirus vaccine.

He also predicted most people would continue to work from home on one day a week even after the pandemic was over.

When asked by media if he had seen any benefits from staff working from home, Hastings replied:  “No. I don’t see any positives”.

“Not being able to get together in person, particularly internationally, is a pure negative,” said Hastings.

“I’ve been super-impressed at people’s sacrifices.”

Netflix has almost 200 million users worldwide and it has started producing its own series, documentaries and films.

“We’re up and running in much of Europe and much of Asia,” Hastings said.

“And we’ve got a few things going on already in [Los Angeles],” he added.

“The hope is that, through September and October, we can really get – with proper testing – a lot more running.”

 Other leading technology companies such as Twitter, Fujitsu, Facebook and Google, however, have suggested employees may never return to the office.

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