Stop being ‘shybrid’ and come up with a policy that works already

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Stop being ‘shybrid’ and come up with a policy that works already

By not deciding on a future office model, companies are leaving workers in limbo

Jeff Green

A new wave of Covid-19 uncertainty has again put millions of US workers in limbo about when, or if, they need to return to the office.

Lyft Inc employees, who were supposed to be back at their desks in February, now won’t be required to show up until 2023. Ford Motor Company pushed back a January return to March, while Google and Uber Technologies Inc shelved their plans indefinitely to see how the Omicron variant plays out. Jefferies Financial Group Inc this week told its staff to go back to remote work after offices reached 60% attendance.

The latest bout of Covid-19 whiplash means many white-collar Americans will be approaching two years of remote work, with no certainty about how long it will last. All the while the chasm grows between executives who want to eventually get people back at their desks and their workers’ reluctance to comply. And while post-pandemic work models are clear for companies such as Goldman Sachs Group Inc (most people should be back in the office) and Twitter Inc (most people can be fully remote), many firms are still formulating a strategy...

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