Nokia will allow employees to work from home three days a week

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a Nokia said that after the current work-at-home policy ends in December, its employees will be able to choose to work remotely three days a week with increased support for flexible working hours beginning in January.

The Finnish telecommunications equipment maker conducted a survey of its employees late last year, and most said they wanted to work remotely two to three days a week, compared to an average of two days before the coronavirus pandemic.

Chief executive Pekka Lundmark said, “The pandemic has forced organizations to change. Technology has given people the tools to innovate. In many cases, the results have been too good to go back to the old ways.”

The company, which had about 92,000 employees in 130 countries at the end of 2020, said in March it plans to cut 10,000 jobs over two years to cut costs and invest more in research resources.

Nokia plans to redesign the offices to allocate up to 70% of the space for teamwork and meetings in some units, with less space set aside for workspace.

Offices in Dallas, Singapore and Budapest have already been reconfigured, with more sites expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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