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A look at corporates who are going back to work at the office in the post-COVID era

March 31, 2021 / 10:53 AM IST
Countries across the world implemented lockdowns of varying timelines since March 2020 due to skyrocketing number of COVID-19 infections. Offices were shut and later brought online with revised work-from-home models and remote working options. A year later, here is a look at what corporates and institutions are doing to return employees to the workplace, according to XX. (Image Source: Shutterstock)
Countries across the world implemented lockdowns of varying timelines since March 2020 due to skyrocketing number of COVID-19 infections. Offices were shut and later brought online with revised work-from-home models and remote working options. A year later, here is a look at what corporates and institutions are doing to return employees to the workplace. (Image Source: Shutterstock)
Uber is set to re-open its Mission Bay headquarters on March 29 at 20 percent capacity on a voluntary basis. Workers will have to take daily health screenings to qualify. While Uber drivers, who are classified as independent contractors, were allowed to operate trhough the pandemic; office workers were earlier allowed to work remotely till September 13, 2021. (Image Source: Shutterstock)
Uber is set to re-open its Mission Bay headquarters on March 29 at 20 percent capacity on a voluntary basis. Workers will have to take daily health screenings to qualify. While Uber drivers, who are classified as independent contractors, were allowed to operate trhough the pandemic; office workers were earlier allowed to work remotely till September 13, 2021. (Image Source: Shutterstock)
Microsoft said it will start reopening headquarters from March 29 and is also implementing a “hybrid workplace” to allow some employees to continue working remotely, while some others come back to office – where conditions permit. A company survey found 54 percent of employees favoured a
Microsoft said it will start reopening headquarters from March 29 and is also implementing a “hybrid workplace” to allow some employees to continue working remotely, while some others come back to office – where conditions permit. A company survey found 54 percent of employees favoured a "soft open" which gives people the option to spend a portion of time in the office. (Image Source: Reuters)
Facebook on March 25 said it will undertake “measured” re-opening of its Silicon Valley offices to 10 percent of employee capacity and without perks such as free food, workout centres, shuttle buses and WiFi, in May. Employees are being given the option to work-from-home till early July and those not designated as “full-time remote workers” till even later. (Image Source: Reuters)
Facebook on March 25 said it will undertake “measured” re-opening of its Silicon Valley offices to 10 percent of employee capacity and without perks such as free food, workout centres, shuttle buses and WiFi, in May. Employees are being given the option to work-from-home till early July and those not designated as “full-time remote workers” till even later. (Image Source: Reuters)
Alphabet Inc., the parent of Google had announced that it was pushing return of its employees till September 2021 at least. It had in late 2020 also said that it is testing “flexible work weeks” on a long term basis. (Image Source: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Alphabet Inc., the parent of Google had announced that it was pushing return of its employees till September 2021 at least. It had in late 2020 also said that it is testing “flexible work weeks” on a long term basis. (Image Source: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Among other tech companies, Twitter has allowed employees to work from home indefinitely, and has not set a date to restart offices. It however expects “gradual, office-by-office, and at a 20 percent capacity to start.” Apple is also rumoured to have asked some staff to report to offices by May 2020. (Image Source: Reuters)
Among other tech companies, Twitter has allowed employees to work from home indefinitely, and has not set a date to restart offices. It however expects “gradual, office-by-office, and at a 20 percent capacity to start.” Apple is also rumoured to have asked some staff to report to offices by May 2020. (Image Source: Reuters)
Ford Motors has said it will allow 30,000 employees to work from home permanently and is “on track” to implement a hybrid work model where staff will only have to drop in to the office only for meetings and team building activities. This will not be applicable to factory workers. (Image Source: Reuters)
Ford Motors has said it will allow 30,000 employees to work from home permanently and is “on track” to implement a hybrid work model where staff will only have to drop in to the office only for meetings and team building activities. This will not be applicable to factory workers. (Image Source: Reuters)
Meanwhile, British Airways is considering selling its headquarters near Heathrow Airport as many employees switched to working remotely and “want to continue,” it said. BA said it will undertake a hybrid work model that “offers more agile and flexible ways of working” and suits the business. (Image Source: Reuters)
Meanwhile, British Airways is considering selling its headquarters near Heathrow Airport as many employees switched to working remotely and “want to continue,” it said. BA said it will undertake a hybrid work model that “offers more agile and flexible ways of working” and suits the business. (Image Source: Reuters)
The New York City administration has mandated its municipal employees, who have so far been working from home, to return to the office from May 3. (Image Source: Reuters)
The New York City administration has mandated its municipal employees, who have so far been working from home, to return to the office from May 3. (Image Source: Reuters)
In the United Kingdom, Chancellor Rishi Sunak urged employers to end work from home, re-open offices and begin hiring people once lockdown rules are relaxed. The country is set to ease norms from March 29. Sunak asked them to “look beyond the pandemic” as working in an office is “crucial for young people to get to know colleagues and seek out mentors.” (Image Source: Reuters)
In the United Kingdom, Chancellor Rishi Sunak urged employers to end work from home, re-open offices and begin hiring people once lockdown rules are relaxed. The country is set to ease norms from March 29. Sunak asked them to “look beyond the pandemic” as working in an office is “crucial for young people to get to know colleagues and seek out mentors.” (Image Source: Reuters)
American financial company TIAA is working on a “grouping model” to sort employees into four categories – fully remote, mostly remote, mostly on-site and fully on-site. TIAA’s “Work for My Day” approach allow 15,000 employees to create a hybrid work schedule that is a fluid mix of on-site and virtual work each week, Sean Woodroffe, chief human resources officer at investment giant TIAA told CNBC. (Image Source: Shutterstock)
American financial company TIAA is working on a “grouping model” to sort employees into four categories – fully remote, mostly remote, mostly on-site and fully on-site. TIAA’s “Work for My Day” approach allow 15,000 employees to create a hybrid work schedule that is a fluid mix of on-site and virtual work each week, Sean Woodroffe, chief human resources officer at investment giant TIAA told CNBC. (Image Source: Shutterstock)
Wall Street banks are hopeful of re-opening in the coming months as vaccinations pick up. Citigroup Inc. said it “sketching plans” to return employees to its offices, while Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has said it hopes to have more employees back by summer. Wells Fargo & Co. said its employees will work remotely at least till summer end and JP Morgan is expecting employees to “split time” between working from home and office. For summer interns on Wall Street, it will be a virtual experience as many firms have informed them to plan on working remotely this year. (Image Source: Reuters)
Wall Street banks are hopeful of re-opening in the coming months as vaccinations pick up. Citigroup Inc. said it “sketching plans” to return employees to its offices, while Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has said it hopes to have more employees back by summer. Wells Fargo & Co. said its employees will work remotely at least till summer end and JP Morgan is expecting employees to “split time” between working from home and office. For summer interns on Wall Street, it will be a virtual experience as many firms have informed them to plan on working remotely this year. (Image Source: Reuters)
Closer home, the Bombay Bar Association, in a letter on March 27, requested the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, to allow virtual hearings before the court’s principal bench – or at least permit a hybrid system of physical and virtual hearings to control crowds in courtrooms. The HC had resumed physical hearings on four out of five working days of the week from December 2020. Earlier in March, the Aurangabad and Nagpur benches of the Bombay HC also reverted to online hearings given rising coronavirus cases in Maharashtra. (File Image)
Closer home, the Bombay Bar Association, in a letter on March 27, requested the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, to allow virtual hearings before the court’s principal bench – or at least permit a hybrid system of physical and virtual hearings to control crowds in courtrooms. The HC had resumed physical hearings on four out of five working days of the week from December 2020. Earlier in March, the Aurangabad and Nagpur benches of the Bombay HC also reverted to online hearings given rising coronavirus cases in Maharashtra. (File Image)
A Paperspace India survey of 610 employees and employers in India showed that 56 percent respondents preferred a hybrid working model blending work from home with office hours. On average, most felt 2.6 days in office was “comfortable.” In India, most companies have already asked employees to resume office on alternate days (2-3 times a week). (Image Source: Damien Maloney/The New York Times)
A Paperspace India survey of 610 employees and employers in India showed that 56 percent respondents preferred a hybrid working model blending work from home with office hours. On average, most felt 2.6 days in office was “comfortable.” In India, most companies have already asked employees to resume office on alternate days (2-3 times a week). (Image Source: Damien Maloney/The New York Times)
The coronavirus pandemic has forced many corporates to rethink their onsite and remote work models and policies. Of all executives surveyed by XX, around 20 percent said their companies would reduce their office space over the next 12 months. (Image Source: Shutterstock)
The coronavirus pandemic has forced many corporates to rethink their onsite and remote work models and policies. Of all executives surveyed, around 20 percent said their companies would reduce their office space over the next 12 months. (Image Source: Shutterstock)
Only time will tell what the corporate workspace looks like, but in the post-COVID era it seems that work-from-home or other remote working options are here to stay. (Image Source: Shutterstock)
Only time will tell what the corporate workspace looks like, but in the post-COVID era it seems that work-from-home or other remote working options are here to stay. (Image Source: Shutterstock)
Jocelyn Fernandes
first published: Mar 29, 2021 10:46 am

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