Uber employees have been told they can work remotely until at least June 2021, in the latest move by a tech company to extend its remote-working timeline.
Uber chief executive Dara Khosroshahi outlined the company’s extended work-from-home policy during a staff meeting on Tuesday, CNBC reported.
Staff will be allowed to return to the office sooner if they wish but they will not be mandated to do so.
The decision follows a similar move by Google, which told its staff that they can continue working remotely until July of next year. Google’s decision was the longest time frame for a full-office re-opening laid out by any company of its size.
Most other tech firms have given employees until the end of the year with the likes of Amazon and Apple not expecting most staff back in until January. However, the decisions made by Google and Uber may spark a trend.
Twitter went one further earlier in the year and told workers that they would be allowed to work from home forever if they wanted to do so.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg also said that he expected half of his company’s workforce to be remote within the next 10 years.
The decisions being made by tech companies contravenes the advice Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently unveiled. In July, the Prime Minister encouraged people to return to their offices and lifted the advice on public transport, which was previously reserved for unavoidable journeys.
Despite the advice, businesses remain slow to bring employees back in and mixed policies has caused some division.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Katie Jacobs, the senior stakeholder lead at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said the workplace had been “fractured” by different experiences during the pandemic.
Research from the CIPD also found that productivity at the majority of employers had not been impacted by people working remotely.