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After work-from-home success, Utah tech companies play it safe when it comes to reopening

After work-from-home success, Utah tech companies play it safe when it comes to reopening

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SALT LAKE CITY — Overstock.com CEO Jonathan Johnson likened it to flipping a switch.

One week, the company’s 231,000-square-foot main office building in Midvale was bustling with employees, and the next it was practically deserted. Things happened fast as COVID-19 restrictions forced Utah companies to adapt to virtual meetings, remote deals and working while kids ran around.

But even with most of Utah moving to a low-risk phase of the state’s COVID-19 response plan beginning Saturday — paving the way for all businesses to reopen once again — that doesn’t necessarily mean the switch is going to quickly flip the other way.

“We’re in no hurry,” Johnson said of returning to the physical campus. “We don’t feel like we need to be the vanguard of back in the office. We’re working well from home, so we’re just gonna wait and see. … When I read ‘yellow,’ it’s a little looser, but we can still have people work from home in yellow. I think we’re gonna wait until we’re confident that it’s safe, or as confident we can be in this new landscape.” Finding success in working from home

That sentiment is echoed by many of Utah’s largest employers. It’s motivated by safety and caution for their employees, yes, but also because many don’t feel the need to rush back into things from a business standpoint either.

“We actually had an incredible month of April,” Galileo CEO Clay Wilkes said. “We’re on track to have an incredible May, so I’m not disappointed with our […]

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