On Tuesday, Uber announced that corporate employees will be allowed to voluntarily work from home through June 2021.
“As a company built on flexible working, we want to provide our team with flexibility, choice and longer term clarity so they can plan ahead,” the company said in a statement to Business Insider.
In order to accommodate this change, Uber will be offering a $500 stipend to help employees with their home office setups.
If local offices open before June 2021, employees will have the option returning to the office if they feel comfortable. Uber said that whatever decision employees make will not factor into performance reviews.
While the company said it will be reevaluating the policy for a possible extension in the spring of 2021, the policy itself will not be shortened.
For drivers, Uber is offering financial assistance guides and a website for drivers to find other forms of employment if they are unable to make the same amount of money as they were in March before the coronavirus pandemic curbed the demand for ride sharing. The company has not announced any stipend for drivers at this time.
Uber is joining a long list of companies that have extended their work-from-home policies into 2021. Facebook and Google have also announced similar policies.