Facebook, Uber, and Microsoft plan to bring employees to offices
After the invention of the vaccine for Covid 19, Facebook, Uber and Microsoft plan to bring employees to offices as early as March 29th. The social media giant, Facebook is looking forward to opening some of its offices for bringing back employees. Earlier, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the employees of Facebook could do work from home in the next five to ten years. But as per the situation, Facebook plans to bring limited employees for more convenience of the company. However, planning of bringing back employees to the offices could be possible in the month of May. Reportedly, Facebook is reopening the offices in the Bay Area and its headquarters in Menlo Park. Moreover, it will have a capacity limit of 10 per cent in the offices. Indeed, Facebook also plans to make sure to wear masks, maintain social distance and weekly COVID-19 tests.
Secondly, Uber is hoping to open its offices for employees even sooner than on Facebook. The online transport service announced that it’ll reopen its Mission Bay and San Francisco headquarters on March 29th. The expected limit is 20 per cent. Uber also plans to follow the same COVID-19 SOPs as Facebook. The SOPs include requiring face masks, regular cleanings, social distancing and weekly covid 19 tests.
Thirdly, Microsoft is looking into hybrid work models going forward. Microsoft is starting to reopen its Redmond, Washington, headquarters on March 29th. The company also expects working from home part-time to be a standard for all office employees. Moreover, any detail of the exact date for reopening of its offices is yet to be announced.
According to the companies, there are still risks involved in working indoors with others and being vaccinated doesn’t guarantee the virus can’t be transferred. The current situation of working doesn’t look normal. It seems guaranteed that remote work isn’t going away entirely. Other tech companies inside and outside of the US are taking more of a mixed approach for reopening offices. However, Twitter took a big step by making an option for all employees to work from home at the start of the pandemic. The company doesn’t have an exact date for reopening its offices, however, as per the sources it will be gradual, office-by-office, and at a 20 per cent capacity of the employees. Unfortunately, Apple did not announce returning to in-person work, but the company was reported to have ordered some staff to return to offices in May 2020.