Lyft Pushes Return to Office Date for Staff to 2023

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Rideshare company Lyft is giving its employees another year to work remotely. It is a dramatic move among dominant businesses pushing for a delay of the conventional office set up.
The global health crisis has completely changed how businesses operate the world over. Work from home arrangements are becoming popular, and as time passes, many corporations seem to be embracing the culture, surprisingly, for the long haul.

The rideshare company on Wednesday said it will not require its staff to get back to the office until 2023. Lyft did not provide any reasons behind the move, instead cited flexibility desired by its employees.

While some companies are itching to call back their employees, Lyft insists that the company’s offices will open in February, but working from home will be optional for the entirety of 2022.

Ford Motor Co. on Monday, pushed its return-to-office date to March, citing concerns over the health crisis. The automaker's assembly workers got back to work in May 2020, but its office staff still work remotely.

According to Lyft Spokesperson Ashley Adams, the rideshare company staff value continued flexibility in determining where to work, and the delay will offer additional time to plan. The company is looking to give their staff a choice for the whole of 2022.

Ford and Lyft are not the only big businesses pushing for a delay. Washington Post reported Uber and Google also postponed their return-to-work dates indefinitely. Among high-profile companies, Lyft offered the longest duration. Facebook (recently Meta) will open its office at the end of January but make it optional up to June.

The second-largest U.S. cab-hailing company does not plan on going fully remote but is offering its staff a chance to deliberate with team members as they look for long-term options.

While company delays to conventional working models seem triggered by the global health crisis, experts feel companies can also rip benefits. According to Forbes, a fully remote workforce offers businesses a chance to tap into a larger pool of talent without geographical limitations.
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Humphrey is a car enthusiast whose love and passion for automobiles extended into collecting, writing, driving, and working on cars. He got his passion for cars from his Dad, who spent thousands of hours working on his old junky 1970 E20 Toyota Corolla. Years later, he would end up doing the same with a series of lemons he’s owned throughout his adult life.
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