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Spotify to employees: Work from home until 2021

Spotify has told its global employee base that they are welcome to work from home until next year. According to insider sources, a memo went out today, May 21, explaining that the company is following local guidelines on the re-opening of its offices during the current pandemic, and will be taking a “phased approach” on returning to work.

A Spotify spokesperson confirmed the news: “Earlier today, we announced the extension of our work-from-home arrangement for all Spotify employees globally. We will continue to track local government guidelines city-by-city and take a phased approach of opening our offices when we deem it safe to do so. Our employees’ health and safety is our top priority. No employee will be required to come into the office and can choose to work from home through the end of the year.”

As part of the strategy, the streaming giant has informed its employees that they can individually decide with “full discretion” whether or not to return to company workspaces before next year. The news comes come around the same time Spotify announced it has locked in an exclusive licensing agreement with the popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience.

According to Spotify’s latest annual fiscal report, the company reported 4,405 employees working on a full-time basis in 2019, with 2,121 in the United States and 1,437 in Sweden. That same report revealed that Spotify ran “offices and/or operations in 79 countries and territories around the world” at the close of December 2019.