Uber on Wednesday said it expects employees to come into the office three days a week when the company opens its office doors again in September.
The ride-hailing firm wants staff to work from home for only two days a week, Nikki Krishnamurthy, Uber’s chief people officer, said in a blog post.Uber will adopt a hybrid working model from September 21 onwards, she said, citing company data showing that employees prefer a mix of working from home and office-based work.”We feel that this combination of in-person and remote work will give people the freedom to do their best work while staying connected to their colleagues,” Krishnamurthy said.
Insider has contacted Uber about whether this rule applies to all of its offices worldwide.Uber reopened its San Francisco offices on March 29 at 20% capacity but said the option for its employees to return to work there was voluntary. Staff had to follow COVID-19 guidelines such as wearing a mask and social distancing, the company said in a statement.
In November, sources told Insider that Uber put over 25% of its new office in lower Manhattan on the market for sublease, raising questions about the future of office work at the taxi-app firm. This followed 6,700 lay-offs in the company in May – out of a 28,600-strong workforce.Other tech companies are also weighing up how they will return the office as pandemic restrictions slowly subside. Amazon announced on March 30 the company will return to an “office-centric culture” after the pandemic, which frustrated some employees who had hoped for a hybrid work model.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in September the company will not “return to the way we were” and told employees in December to not expect to return to the office until June 2021.
Twitter, on the other hand, told its staff in May they don’t need to come back into the office if they don’t want to as the social media company focuses on “decentralizing” its workforce.