VMware COO Sanjay Poonen says that Zoom has changed the future of work:
We are so happy that Zoom exists. When I was last in a pandemic in 2008 I was at SAP and we were all in a room sitting by a telepresence machine. It was so hot and only 10 or 15 people could sit at the same time. Then I first saw Zoom on my phone and it was beautiful. We obviously want to balance work and life and be in this place where we are concerned about both our physical and mental health. Physical health is important but mental health is equally important.
We’re obviously helping companies through the pandemic. We’ve just adopted some best practices. We think we’re going to create Work 2.0. In the future of work-force-ware, we make it the best to work in any location. I recently had a lady that was going to do a global demand gen job. Initially, we would have thought that she could have done that job from Palo Alto only. She’s now doing that job from Sydney and doing an incredible job.
We want to make VMware the best place to work. Then at the end of the day, each person has got to find their personal space by which they figure out the things that trample them back to work. Every day for me it’s my faith, my family, my friends. I’ve got a routine, whether it’s biking or whatever lets you get prepared for the next day. We are potentially going to be in this for the long haul.