Facebook, Uber, and Microsoft are beginning to work on bringing their employees back to their offices. The companies have put most of their workforce on remote work since the beginning of the pandemic.
Facebook is planning to return to in-person work in May 2021, after over a year of working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Bloomberg. Although, CEO Mark Zuckerberg had announced remote work plans at the start of the pandemic, promising that close to half of his employees could work remotely in the next five to 10 years. However, for now, it is returning employees to the office at least in a limited capacity.
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The social media company is reopening its offices in the Bay Area and its Menlo Park headquarters. It will however limit its office capacity to 10 percent. Facebook also doesn’t expect its largest offices to reach 50 percent capacity until September 2021 according to Bloomberg. The company also plans to require masks, social distancing, and weekly COVID-19 tests.
Uber had announced that it’ll reopen its Mission Bay, San Francisco headquarters on 29th March 2020. It’s also limiting its office capacity to 20 percent according to Reuters. the company has similar COVID-19 restrictions as Facebook, requiring face coverings, regular cleanings, and asking employees with sick family members to stay home. Its office employees began working from home until mid-September 2021.
Google and Microsoft are looking to mix it up with hybrid work models in the immediate future. Microsoft will start by reopening its Redmond, Washington, headquarters on 29th March 2021. The company expects working part-time from home to be a standard for all office employees. Google had said that employees would be able to work from home until September 2021. It has also previously said that it would explore requiring its employees to work in-person for only three days a week.
As for Twitter, working from home indefinitely became an option for all employees at the start of the pandemic. The company hasn’t still a set date for when it will reopen its offices. It, however, says “it will be gradual, office-by-office, and at a 20 percent capacity to start”.
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