In May, we examined Would You Give Up a Raise to Work at Home? Many said yes even then. Before the Delta variant exploded in the U.S. With many firms announcing back-to-work plans. Wow, have things changed as the pandemic roars back. Thus, we consider what is next for remote work.


Trying to Predict What Is Next for Remote Work

There are two aspects to this topic: (1) How are company plans evolving as to when to return to the office? (2) What policies are firms introducing in terms of employee vaccinations?

Evolving Return-to-Work Plans

As a result of the rapid growth of people contracting the Delta variant, many firms are changing their plans. And these plans are destined for further change as virus stats change. 

For example, Daily News Update reports that:

Tech industry leaders including iPhone maker Apple and search engine Google pushed back their deadlines for workers to return to offices. Including Apple’s massive headquarters complex in Cupertino, California. Originally set for after Labor Day in September, Apple recently moved its return date back at least one month, with CEO Tim Cook acknowledging that “the road to recovery will be a winding one.”

Also, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced an extension of its voluntary work-from-home policy through October 18. In the announcement, Pichai said “many Googlers are seeing spikes in their communities caused by the Delta variant. And are concerned about retuning to the office.” The company employs some 135,000 people, with headquarters in Mountain View, California.. 

Austin, Texas-based employment Web site Indeed is circling January 3, 2022 for its 11,000 employees to return to the office again. In addition, Indeed said it would delay its move to a hybrid way of working from September 7 to the start of next year.

Lyft planned to bring workers back to its San Francisco headquarters in September. However, it is now putting off their return “until we’re in the clear,” citing the uncertainty caused by the latest coronavirus wave. It does not expect its nearly 5,000 corporate workers to return to offices until February 2, 2022, at the earliest.

Online food delivery platform Door Dash is committing to remote work for the remainder of the calendar year. After that, it will transition its nearly 6,000 corporate employees to hybrid work beginning in January 2022.

What Is Next for Remote Work
Source: Daily News Update


Vaccination Policies

As among people in general in the United States, vaccination policies at companies remain in flux. Nonetheless, more firms are establishing stricter policies.

According to Emma Mayer, reporting for Newsweek:

With the Delta variant surging worldwide, momentum for COVID-19 vaccination mandates has taken speed in the United States. And corporations are pushing their employees to receive the vaccine. A growing number of major companies announced their plans to mandate vaccines just in the last few weeks. Including:

  • Black Rock
  • Delta Airlines
  • Disney
  • Door Dash
  • Equinox
  • Facebook
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • Lyft
  • Microsoft
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Netflix
  • New York Times
  • Twitter
  • Tyson Foods
  • Uber
  • United Airlines
  • Walmart
  • Washington Post


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