Uber extends work-from-home option for employees

Uber employees can choose to continue working from home through June 2021, even if offices open before then.
By: | August 5, 2020

Following in the footsteps of Google, ride-hailing company Uber has announced an extension to its work-from-home (WFH) policy, which will allow employees to continue working from home through June 2021.

The move is not mandatory, however, as employees can also choose to return to their offices if they open before June 2021.

Last month, tech giant Google said the vast majority of its 200,000-strong workforce will be allowed to work from home through June 2021, without giving further indication of what happens beyond that.

READ: Google employees to work from home until 2021

For Uber, the WFH policy extension comes as the company continues to scale down operations in Asia-Pacific. In May this year, Uber slashed 3,000 jobs and announced the closure of 45 offices globally, including its Asia-Pacific HQ in Singapore.

Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, had said then that the company would wind down its office in Singapore over the next 12 months, and move to a new “hub” in the Asia-Pacific region. Last month, the company completed the closure of its Mumbai office.

Having laid off 600 permanent employees across operations in India in May, Uber insisted that the move to shut its Mumbai office will not impact existing jobs as employees have now shifted to WFH arrangements.