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Big Tech Takes First Steps to Bring Workers Back to the Office – Gizmodo

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Uber signage is seen as an employee sits in the entrance of the ride-hailing giant’s office in Hong Kong on March 10, 2017.

Uber signage is seen as an employee sits in the entrance of the ride-hailing giant’s office in Hong Kong on March 10, 2017.
Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP (Getty Images)

Although the covid-19 pandemic is still raging worldwide, big tech companies appear to be heartened by the recent developments over the last few months and are taking the first steps to bring their workers back to the office.

This week, Uber and Facebook announced timelines for a small percentage of their workforce to return to some company premises. Uber will reopen its Mission Bay offices in San Francisco on Monday at 20% occupancy, while Facebook plans to reopen select offices in the Bay Area on a rolling basis in beginning May at up to 10% maximum seated capacity. Microsoft will also open its Redmond, Washington headquarters and nearby campuses on a limited basis on Monday.

Returning to the office will be voluntary at Uber, Facebook, and Microsoft at the moment.

Uber spokesperson Lois Van Der Laan told Gizmodo on Saturday that as cities carefully return to a new normal, so will Uber. Going back to the office will be done on a voluntary basis, she said, adding that Uber’s work from home police has been extended until Sept. 13.

Van Der Lann said the company’s reopening protocols are in line with public health guidelines.

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