GM Postpones Return-to-Office Mandate Amid Employee Backlash

GM Postpones Return-to-Office Mandate Amid Employee Backlash

General Motors (NYSE: GM) is now doing damage control regarding its return-to-office plans. The company had previously announced that beginning later this year, corporate employees would be required to return to the office at least three days per week.

“As the COVID landscape has dramatically improved, and as we accelerate our transformation and enter a rapid launch cycle, we are evolving Work Appropriately to drive the best collaboration, enterprise mindset and impact. Effective later this year, employees who transitioned to working remotely some or all of the time during the pandemic will pivot to a more regular in-person work cycle, and they will now be expected to work three days on-campus each week,” said Maria Raynal, General Motors spokesperson.

On Tuesday, a second message was released, stating that the company would not be mandating specific in-office days, and would leave that decision to individual teams.

“Our plan was always, and still is, collaboratively design the solution that best balances the needs of the enterprise with the needs of each of you,” read the memo, signed by CEO Mary Barra and other executives, a copy of which was viewed by CNBC.

In a follow-up note, the company revealed that workers would not need to return to offices sooner than the first quarter of 2023.

“While we have maintained a highly collaborative culture over the past two years during a very challenging time, the intangible benefits of in person collaboration are going to be a critical success factor as we move into a period of rapid launches,” the Tuesday message said. “This evolution is about being ready for the next phase of our transformation.”

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