Uber is extending its remote work policy until at least September 13, according to a report by TechCrunch.
In an email sent to employees on February 18, Uber’s personnel director, Nikki Krishnamurthy, said the company made the decision after taking “taking into account the latest scientific data and expert opinions ”on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Krishnamurthy also pointed out that countries are in various stages of recovery and the start of a new school year in the fall as reasons for the company to allow employees to work from home until September.
However, she acknowledged that some “CommOps, IT or other functions require a physical presence in an office” and reiterated that the company “will not force” employees with medical concerns to work in the office.
Uber is also asking workers to get vaccinated as soon as possible. According to the e-mail, the company will allow employees to take time off to receive the vaccine.
This is the second extension of homework that the ride-sharing giant has been giving its employees since the pandemic began. In August, the company told its employees that it would work remotely until at least June 2021.
As for the type of work policy Uber will have after the end of the pandemic, Krishnamurthy said a hybrid model is likely, but the company is still exploring its options.
“We are taking a number of aspects into consideration, such as how being physically together benefits or reduces productivity, collaboration and engagement,” she said. “We will update you on where things are in a few weeks and along the way, as we progress.”
Other technology companies have already accepted that remote work will be a permanent part of the post-pandemic world.
Google extended its policy of working from home until September 1, and the company announced that employees will have the option to work remotely two days a week once the office is reopened.
In the meantime, Microsoft has said it will allow employees the flexibility to work part-time at home once the pandemic is over, and Facebook has announced a detailed plan that will permanently move half of its 50,000 employees to remote work by 2030.
Some technology companies have completely changed the models of “working anywhere”.
In February, Spotify and Salesforce announced that employees can now choose whether to work from home or the office. The companies join Twitter, Slack and Square, which made the leap to permanent remote working models in 2020.