From September, Uber will shift to a hybrid model where its employees can opt to work from home for two days a week.
The decision was made following an internal company survey that revealed two-thirds of Uber employees prefer a mix of working at the office and at home.
As of now, Uber's new campus in San Francisco's Mission Bay allows employees to work at the office on a voluntary basis. However, the company expects all of its employees to return back to their offices in September.
Finally, Nikki Krishnamurthy also addressed why Uber workers aren't being given the option of staying permanently remote
“Why didn't we make a more radical shift? It ultimately comes down to the kind of company we want to be. Our business also exists in the real world, on the streets of thousands of cities, and it's important we stay connected to the places we serve."
Do you think hybrid remote is a good option for ride-hailing companies such as Uber?
Here's what our users had to say:
Thomas Skyttegaard Hansen said "It seems like they don't really get it IMHO. Afraid of loosing control and not having a big shiny headquarter. The way they put it in the blog reveals a lot about their perspective, like "we have been listening to our employees’ input" - top down control, "with a clear expectation that they also come into the office 3 days a week" - top down control. Employees are adults able to listen to themselves and organize how they work best, which then should be supported by the workplace. But it's very typical of how the average company thinks today. Only few have truly transitioned in their mindset regarding (async) distributed remote work and left the idea that the company should decide on behalf of the employee how to work. But it's a major leap of faith to take for the typical hierarchical company.But I would never work for a company forcing me into the office 3 days a week :)."
Luis Barroso said "In my personal and humble opinion there are different reasons why hybrid is not ideal and could end on a bigger problem than the solution, but to go straight to the point;remote work is all about flexibility and trust on your teams, if companies embrace remote work based on those variables are sending a clear and engaging message to the workforce - to work where they do their best work! Forcing people back to the office 2-3 days a week isn't flexible and shows that the company culture is more based on a surveillance methodology rather than a monitoring base. (huge difference) I truly believe that those 2 days avarange that people working hybrid will have to work from home (not even for anywhere) are going to become the errands days and will affect productivity on business. Is ok to comeback to the office, if leaders believe they needed they for sure have good reasons but is not what you say is how you say it - you can have the office open and also give people the flexibility and option to decided where they can execute the action of work, becuase in the end work is that, an action not a place! Let’s go forward, not backwards! Happy to talk more about the topic, I’m very passionate about it!"
Sarah Smith said "Integrating these two starkly different work environments will be a huge challenge for Uber's managers and employees. Instead, remote working should be treated as the default method of working where offices can occasionally be used for collaboration, brainstorming, and other team-building activities."