In-Office Return in the cards for Facebook, Uber and Microsoft

The year 2020 led to a lot of changes in working dynamics. Also for tech companies, the shift to remote working was soon. The remote work processes continued in...

The year 2020 led to a lot of changes in working dynamics. Also for tech companies, the shift to remote working was soon. The remote work processes continued in 2021 and major technology companies like Facebook, Uber and Microsoft complied with this shift in manual interface.

 

The year 2020 led to a lot of changes in working dynamics. Also for tech companies, the shift to remote working was soon. The remote work processes continued in 2021 and major technology companies like Facebook, Uber and Microsoft complied with this shift in manual interface.

 

The news is that after a long period of work-from-home, Facebook is now planning to re-initiate the in-person return. According to a report by Bloomberg, while there was an intent to allow remote working for half the employees of Facebook in the next 5-10 years, in-person work is being looked forward to. The capacity, however, shall remain limited, according to the general and specific precautions under the pandemic situation.

 

Reportedly, Facebook will reopen the Bay Area offices. This would also include reopening of the Menlo Park Headquarters of the company. As for the capacity, it will be limited, as has been quoted. The current capacity limitation is likely to be 10% as a start.

 

Truth be told, the in-person work capacity is not likely to be reaching even 50% of the capacity until September. The consideration will be given to take into account the location of the people, commute and preference of return would be given to employees living close to the office. Facebook will also comply with all the requirements pertaining to mask distribution, social distancing. There are also likely to be weekly COVID-19 tests to be undertaken.

 

Commute giant, Uber, is also indicating towards in-person return to work. Before taking these decisions, Uber had stated interest in allowing their employees to work from home till the mid of September 2021. Now, According to Reuters, the company has made an announcement that it will initiate the in-person work return and reopen its offices located in Mission Bay. They will also reopen the San Francisco Headquarters from the 29th March 2021. Uber will restrict its capacity to 20% as of now. The COVID-19 restrictions and support, as provided by Facebook, will be provided by Uber too.

 

Most other technology companies like Google and Microsoft are working towards a mixed and hybrid model of remote working and in-office work. Microsoft will reopen its Redmond, Washington headquarters on the 29th of March 2021. Part-time work from home will still be a standard support given to the employees.

 

With over an year to the pandemic and newer developments in the state of COVID-19, corporate giants are re-evaluating the work, the remote working scenario and the impact on work and productivity. While there are some roles that cannot be restricted to a home-bound environment, all corporations have been very supportive in ensuring a safe working platform.

 

Other popular corporations like Google and Apple haven’t really announced any certainty about the in-office return plans yet. Normalcy will be brought back, gradually though. The announcement did send a wave of apprehension in the minds of employees. Nonetheless, all corporations offered complete following of the COVID-19 health protocols and ensuring a safe space for work. 

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