As offices reopen, Uber says its workers can work from home two days a week if they want to.
According to Nikki Krishnamurthy, the company’s chief people officer, the ride-hailing company will move to a “hybrid model” for its workers starting in September, “with a clear intention that they also come into the office three days a week.”
According to internal company data, two-thirds of Uber workers prefer a combination of office and home work, Krishnamurthy added.
After being among the first to close offices last year, some of Silicon Valley’s biggest corporations are slowly beginning to reopen, providing a possible road map for what office work would look like in year two of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the coming weeks, Facebook and Google will both reopen their San Francisco Bay Area headquarters in limited capacity, while Apple officially began welcoming staff back in May.
Uber’s new campus in San Francisco’s Mission Bay, which was completed during the pandemic, opened its doors last month. Employees were able to return on a voluntary basis after the office initially opened at 20% capacity.
The ride-hailing company employs around 3,500 people in the Bay Area and over 22,000 worldwide. Remote employees will be expected to return to their pre-pandemic location by September 13, according to the organization.
Krishnamurthy also explained why Uber employees aren’t given the option to work from home like their colleagues at Twitter and Facebook.
“Why didn’t we make a more radical shift? It ultimately comes down to the kind of company we want to be,” she said. “Our business also exists in the real world, on the streets of thousands of cities, and it’s important we stay connected to the places we serve.”
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