Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff calls out new workers in Slack

Marc Benioff, the chief executive of San Francisco tech colossus Salesforce, is apparently calling out some employees for their lack of productivity. According to internal screenshots SFGATE obtained, Benioff on Friday morning asked a slew of open-ended questions about the company’s culture, especially with regards to new employees, in an internal public Slack channel “to get the broadest level of response.” The message was first reported by Zoe Schiffer at Platformer. How do we increase the productivity of our employees at salesforce? New employees (hired during the pandemic in 2021 & 2022) are especially facing much lower productivity.” Benioff said. Is this a reflection of our office policy? Benioff goes on to list more questions about “office culture” and the time and energy investment for new employees. He ends his message with a question and an emoji: Is coming as a new employee to salesforce too overwhelming? Asking for a friend. [angel emoji](The message was edited since it was first shared, though it is unclear what edits were made to the message.) Employees apparently responded with skepticism, with some asking about how company productivity is defined internally and if data about productivity (or lack thereof). ) could be shared. Salesforce, San Francisco’s largest private employer, has previously been very amenable to remote work, standing in stark contrast to the likes of Apple. As recently as this summer, Benioff has publicly stated that return-to-office requirements are “never going to work.” But in this message, it appears that Benioff has some doubts about remote work, or at the very least, the seeming productivity of workers during a pandemic. In recent weeks, Salesforce’s C-suite has seen a seismic shift. Within days of each other, Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield and Seattle-based Tableau CEO Mark Taylor — Slack and Tableau are both owned by Salesforce — announced their company exits. Salesforce’s chief product officer Tamar Yehoshua and senior vice president of marketing and communications Jonathan Prince also announced their departures around this time. In November, the company laid off hundreds. Hear of anything going on at a Bay Area tech company? Contact SFGATE tech editor Joshua Bote securely on Signal at 707-742-3756.

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