Facebook, Uber, and Microsoft already reopened their offices for their employees. The shift from home to office will take effect in May.
Facebook started a work-from-home set up last May 2020. It was during this time when the pandemic was still in its early stages.
Tech Companies Going Back to Office
Facebook’s VP for HR Brynn Harrington said staff can work from home permanently. All the employees need to do is apply to their managers. Facebook’s shift from work-from-home to office will have a threshold of 10 percent. This will help avoid people from working together too closely. The setup will lead to decreasing the chances of spreading COVID19.
Uber will also limit their employees to transition from WFH to an office setup. Only twenty percent of the total employee pool will go back to their San Francisco offices.
UBER employees can expect to go back to their offices by September of this year. The company plans to let employees report at least 3 days a week. Uber started offering its employees access to COVID19 vaccines for health security.
It’s not only its employees that Uber focuses on. The company is also giving free and discounted rides to people. They’re focusing on communities that have no means of getting to vaccination sites. Uber has also enforced strong policies regarding mask usage. Uber entered a partnership with Walgreens to make sure its employees get vaccinated.
Microsoft Executive VP Kurt DelBene sent an email to their staff all over the world. The email contained instructions and guidelines of the work-from-home setup. Over 21 sites in the world are already operational, with over 20% of all employees working.
Last March 29, their Redmond, Washington office opened. The site is accomodating the same percentage of workers for all other sites in the world.
Microsoft has taken steps to ensure the safety and well-being of its employees. One of the ways Microsoft uses to adjust to the changing landscape is the use of a hybridized workplaces.
Microsoft will accomplish this in 5 phases. Each site may have a different phase than the others. It is wholly dependent on the effect the pandemic has on the respective country. The final phase or stage in this process means all protocols are no longer implemented. In turn, this allows for more employees to work on the company premises.