The ride-hailing company will give its global office workers the option to apply for fully remote work or choose from a list of other offices instead of their pre-pandemic location, the company’s chief people officer, Nikki Krishnamurthy, said in a blog post Tuesday.
It’s a sharp reversal for Uber and points to the challenges for Silicon Valley’s biggest companies — which built the products that enabled remote work for many households throughout the pandemic — in striking the right telework balance with their employees as the pandemic eases.
Like Uber, Google initially announced it would require workers to come back to their pre-pandemic offices a few days a week only to loosen that policy later by allowing employees to apply for permanent remote work or to change their office location.
But Krishnamurthy said Tuesday that the company is continuing to gather feedback from its workers and wants to provide more flexibility as it figures out the “right long-term model” for post-pandemic life. “While we still believe in the value of in-person collaboration and the community that builds, we also value our employees having the choice to decide where they want to work while they’re not in the office,” she said in the blog post.
When asked if there had been employee pushback to the original remote work policy, Uber spokesperson Lois van der Laan told CNN Business the updated guidance “is about finding an approach that works for as many current and future employees as possible.”