Companies in US filing back to the office


A Google sign is shown at one of the company's office complexes in Irvine, California, US, July 27, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

Major US companies are recalling employees to the office a year after the coronavirus pandemic forced millions of them to work from home.

Microsoft, Google, Walmart and others will adopt a hybrid model combining work-from-home with work in the office.

Microsoft said last week it would begin allowing more workers back into its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, starting Monday.

Kurt DelBene, an executive vice-president at Microsoft, wrote on the company's blog: "As some employees return to our global work sites and others prefer or need to work remotely, we are finding additional ways of putting our hybrid workplace into practice. 

"At each of our global work sites, the hybrid workplace model strikes a balance, providing limited additional services on campus for those who choose to return, while supporting those who need to work remotely or feel more comfortable doing so."

In step four in its six-step "dial" plan, the Redmond campus will allow 57,000 non-essential workers to work from home, the office or both. The company has approximately 160,000 employees. Microsoft will also continue to require employees to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Google is also taking a hybrid approach in getting people back to the office. It is testing out a flexible workweek. 

It also announced plans to hire 10,000 people this year for post-pandemic business. They will be added to offices in Atlanta, Washington DC, Chicago and New York. The company said it will build new offices in Minnesota, Texas and North Carolina. 

Google's parent Alphabet also will invest $7 billion this year to expand its offices and data centers in the US. At least $1 billion will be spent in California. 

The Partnership for New York City said that as of early March, only 10 percent of the city's 1 million office workers were in offices. The business group said it expects nearly half of them to return to the office by September.

In what is being seen as a move that may compel more private businesses in the city to bring their employees back to work, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that 80,000 municipal office employees, including caseworkers, computer specialists and clerical staff, must return to work in phases starting May 3.

The city said that vaccinations won't be mandatory for those returning. The wearing of face masks will be encouraged but won't be mandatory. 

"We're going to make it safe, but we need our city workers back in their offices where they can do the most to help their fellow New Yorkers," de Blasio said. "And it's also going to send a powerful message about this city moving forward."

In the city's financial sector, JPMorgan Chase will require summer interns to work in its Manhattan offices. Investment bank Morgan Stanley announced last week that it plans a full return to its Midtown headquarters, though some employees may be able to work remotely from time to time.

In Manhattan, the amount of sublet office space that became available in 2020 was 50 percent. It is now 27 percent of all space, according to Savills, the real estate firm.

In the retail sector, Target is making remote work a part of its future. It will reduce a third of its work space at its headquarters in Minneapolis.  

Walmart, the country's largest private employer, said it will expand its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, and will allow workers on its technology team to work remotely indefinitely.

In the US, hospital admissions and deaths due to COVID-19 are declining nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But getting office workers back to work will depend on people getting vaccinated.

Approximately 81.4 million Americans have gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 44 million, or 13.3 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. 

Some companies are offering employees incentives — from paid time off to money —to get the vaccines. They include AT&T, Target, Trader Joe's, Petco, Dollar General, Kroger and McDonald's. 

Marriott International Inc, the world's largest lodging company, will provide the equivalent of four hours pay to employees at hotels it manages in the US and Canada, once the workers have completed the vaccination course.

American Airlines will give an extra day off next year and $50. Amtrak is giving employees two hours of pay when they show proof of their vaccination, as well as excusing absences for those who get vaccinated during work hours. 

And Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is offering anyone with proof of a vaccination a free doughnut every day for the rest of the year.

2020年7月27日,一个谷歌标志出现在该公司位于美国加利福尼亚州欧文的一个办公大楼里。[图片/机构]

冠状病毒大流行迫使数百万员工在家工作一年后,美国主要公司将员工召回办公室。


微软、谷歌、沃尔玛等将采取在家办公和在办公室工作相结合的混合模式。


微软上周表示,从周一开始,将允许更多员工回到位于华盛顿雷德蒙的总部。


微软执行副总裁库尔特·德尔贝尼(Kurt DelBene)在公司博客上写道:“随着一些员工回到我们的全球工作场所,其他人更喜欢或需要远程工作,我们正在寻找更多的方法来将我们的混合工作场所付诸实践。


“在我们的每一个全球工作场所,混合工作场所模式都取得了平衡,为那些选择返回的人提供有限的额外校园服务,同时支持那些需要远程工作或感觉更舒服的人。”


在六步“拨号”计划的第四步,雷德蒙校区将允许57,000名非必要员工在家、办公室或两者兼而有之。该公司约有16万名员工。微软还将继续要求员工戴口罩,保持社交距离。


谷歌也在采取混合方式让人们回到办公室。它正在试行弹性工作周。


它还宣布计划今年为大流行后业务雇佣10,000人。它们将被添加到亚特兰大、华盛顿州DC、芝加哥和纽约州的办公室。该公司表示,将在明尼苏达州、德克萨斯州和北卡罗来纳州建立新的办事处。


谷歌的母公司Alphabet今年也将投资70亿美元扩大其在美国的办公室和数据中心。至少10亿美元将用于加州。


纽约市合作组织表示,截至3月初,该市100万上班族中只有10%在办公室。该企业集团表示,预计近一半的人将在9月前回到办公室。


比尔·白思豪市长上周宣布,包括社会工作者、计算机专家和文员在内的8万名市政办公室员工必须从5月3日开始分阶段重返工作岗位,此举可能会迫使该市更多的私营企业让员工重返工作岗位。


该市表示,对于那些返回的人来说,疫苗接种不是强制性的。戴口罩将受到鼓励,但不是强制性的。


“我们会保证它的安全,但我们需要我们的城市工作人员回到他们的办公室,在那里他们可以尽最大努力帮助他们的纽约同胞,”白思豪说。“这也将传递一个关于这座城市前进的强大信息。”


在该市的金融业,摩根大通将要求暑期实习生在曼哈顿办公室工作。投资银行摩根士丹利(Morgan Stanley)上周宣布,计划全面恢复其在中城的总部,尽管一些员工可能可以不时地远程工作。


在曼哈顿,2020年转租办公空间的数量为50%。根据房地产公司第一太平戴维斯的数据,它现在占全部空间的27%。


在零售业,塔吉特百货正在把远程工作作为其未来的一部分。它将减少位于明尼阿波利斯总部三分之一的工作空间。


该国最大的私营雇主沃尔玛表示,将扩大其在阿肯色州本顿维尔的总部,并将允许其技术团队的工人无限期地远程工作。


根据疾病控制和预防中心(CDC)的数据,在美国,因新冠肺炎而住院和死亡的人数正在全国范围内下降。但是让上班族重返工作岗位将取决于人们是否接种疫苗。


根据疾病预防控制中心的数据,大约8140万美国人至少接种了一剂新冠肺炎疫苗,4400万人,即13.3%的人口,已经完全接种了疫苗。


一些公司为员工提供奖励——从带薪休假到金钱——来获得疫苗。它们包括AT&T、塔吉特、乔氏、佩特科、美元通用、克罗格和麦当劳。


一旦员工完成疫苗接种课程,世界上最大的住宿公司万豪国际有限公司(Marriott International Inc .)将向其在美国和加拿大管理的酒店的员工提供相当于4小时的工资。


美国航空公司明年将额外休假一天,并支付50美元。当员工出示疫苗接种证明时,美国铁路公司给他们两小时的工资,并为那些在工作时间接种疫苗的人开脱。


在这一年的剩余时间里,克瑞斯比甜甜圈公司每天都向任何有疫苗接种证明的人提供免费甜甜圈。


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