Uber CEO Nikki Krishnamurthy has this week announced that employees will soon be able to apply to work from home on a permanent basis, or even have the ability to work from another location after the coronavirus ends.
It’s a rapid change of events from Uber, who had previously pointed to issues with remote working policy and had favoured a return to the office with immediate effect.
Having gathered feedback from employees, Krishnamurthy has announced a change of tact with a set of new policies.
Krishnamurthy pointed to finding the “right long-term model” for Uber post-pandemic, and indicated that whilst she still believes in the value of in-person collaboration, she understands that giving employees choice also is a huge benefit for recruitment and keeping existing staff.
Uber’s new model will allow 50% of the time to be dedicated to remote work. Announcing the new policy, Krishamurthy said: “This can be 3 days one week and 2 days the next week OR 5 days one week and 0 days the next week. It depends on what works best for the employee and their team.”
This follows the likes of Facebook and Twitter, who have announced that remote work can be adopted on a permanent basis for staff that wish to apply for it.
Particularly in the tech and engineering industry, staff have found the ability to remote work as a perk. Many staff have indicated that they would rather leave their current company than be forced to return to the office on a day-to-day basis. This has brought huge competition for employees, and as the FAANG companies seek to attract the best talent, this could indeed be rolled out to other companies and even in other countries outside of the United States over the coming years.