Lyft is extending its employees’ ability to work remotely for another year, a significant step among major corporations that are continuing to postpone their return to the office.
The rideshare company said Wednesday that it won’t need its staff to return to the office until 2023. Lyft jobs did not cite apprehensions about the new Omicron coronavirus variant in its statement, in its place pointing to the “flexibility” looked for by its employees.
“We’ve heard from our team members that they value continued flexibility in determining where they work and would benefit from additional time to plan,” said Ashley Adams, a Lyft spokesperson. “We want to give people a choice for all of next year.”
The company’s offices will return in February, according to Adams, although working from the office will remain voluntary for the rest of 2022.”We’re already seeing an increasing number of team members choose to work from the office jobs, and we’re excited to offer more opportunities for those interested in getting together,” Adams said.
Several companies have postponed their return to work dates, with Lyft (LYFT) having the longest delay for a high-profile company. Ford (F) pushed back its return-to-work deadline to March on Monday due to additional Covid-19 concerns. Meanwhile, according to The Washington Post, Google and Uber (UBER) have decided to postpone their return to work dates indefinitely.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook parent Meta (FB) “will completely reopen its U.S. operations by the end of January, but will give workers the option of deferring their scheduled return until June.”