Uber Technologies (NYSE:UBER) has said that as offices reopen and people return to work, its employees can choose to work from home but for only two days.
Uber adopting hybrid work model
Interestingly, from September, Uber will shift its work model to a “hybrid model.” Nikki Krishnamurthy stated in a blog post that the company’s chief people officer expects employees to be coming to the office thrice a week as the company changes to the new model. According to internal company data, around two-thirds of the company’s employees prefer the hybrid model of working from home and office.
Several companies in Silicon Valley have started to reopen offices after being among the first to shut last year in the wake of the pandemic. This offers a roadmap of the future of office work in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) plan to reopen their headquarters in San Francisco Bay Area but will only allow limited capacity. On the other hand, Apple had started allowing employees back to the office as early as May last year.
Uber expects employees back in the office by September
Last month Uber opened doors to the San Francisco Mission Bay campus, which it finished constructing during the pandemic. Initially, the office had opened at 20% capacity, and employees could resume work voluntarily. Currently, the ride-sharing giant has almost 3,500 workers in the Bay Area with close to 22,000 employees globally. The company indicated that employees that had gone remote will have to go back to their pre-pandemic stations by September 13.
Nikki equally explained why Uber employees will not have the option of permanently working remotely, just like Facebook and Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR). She said the company has not made a radical shift, and it all comes down to the company they want to be. Nikki added that Uber’s business exists in the real world and the streets of cities; thus, it is vital to stay connected with the people the company serves.