Ford delays hybrid return to office plans amid Covid scare!
Written by: Hrishikesh Pardeshi, Founder at Flexiple, buildd & Remote Tools.
Last updated: Jan 19, 2023
Hybrid working emerged as the popular choice for companies as a long-term solution after they got a taste of remote working during Covid. Everyone's keen to see how this experimental model works at scale.
However, Covid has some different plans. With the fear of the Omicron variant, companies are forced to push back their return-to-office plans of any sort.
Ford, which announced in March'21 that they'd adopt a permanent hybrid, has now pushed back its plans to at least March, next year.
Here’s what’s been happening:
- Ford announced hybrid remote for 30,000 employees in March, 2021. They initially planned to implement hybrid work starting in January, 2022. However, due to the fear of the new Covid variant, Omicron, Ford has pushed back its plans tentatively to March, 2022.
- Ford is not the only company to do so. Google, Apple, General Motors & many others also pushed their respective plans to get people back in office, in some form, to later next year.
- Hybrid remote is an experimental model and everyone's keen to see the results of its large-scale implementation. However, Covid seems to be adamant on not letting people get back to the office.
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