Lyft Employees Won’t Have To Return To The Office Until 2023

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(CNN) – Lyft is giving its employees another year to telecommute, a surprising move, among large companies that continue to delay going back to the office.

The ridesharing company said Wednesday that it will not require its staff to return to the office until 2023. Lyft did not cite concerns about the new omicron variant of the coronavirus in its statement, but noted the “flexibility” that its employees want.

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“We have heard from our team members who 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 the whole of next year.”

Adams said the company’s offices are still scheduled to reopen in February, but working from the office will be optional throughout 2022.

“So far we have seen an increasing number of team members choose to work from the office, and we are delighted to offer more opportunities to those interested in meeting,” said Adams.

Several companies have delayed their return to office date, although Lyft is possibly the longest delayed, for a high-profile company.

On Monday, Ford pushed back his return-to-office date to March over new covid-19 concerns. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that Google and Uber postponed their return-to-office dates indefinitely.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Facebook’s parent company Meta “will fully reopen its US offices in late January, but will give workers the opportunity to delay their scheduled return until June.”

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