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Lyft Joins a Growing Number of Companies Delaying the Return to the Office

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Many of the largest U.S. corporations have pushed back the dates for requiring staff to return to their offices. While the policy change has been a repeating pattern throughout the pandemic, the spread of the new omicron variant and warnings of a potential surge this winter have again given companies reason to delay office return.

Corporations like Google  (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class A Report and Uber  (UBER) - Get Uber Technologies, Inc. Report have announced indefinite delays for their employees to return to the office. Lyft  (LYFT) - Get Lyft, Inc. Class A Report has pushed office return back to 2023.

Others like Apple  (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. Report and Ford  (F) - Get Ford Motor Company Report are somewhat more optimistic with office return dates delayed from January to February and March, respectively.

Facebook's parent company Meta  (FB) - Get Meta Platforms Inc. Class A Report is reopening offices in January but giving employees the option to work remotely until June.

The various plans and dates are reflective of uncertainty regarding the pandemic's direction and the legal challenges to the Biden administration's vaccine and testing mandate.

According to a recent Gallup poll, about 90% of people who’ve been working from home want to keep doing it at least some of the time. Although company executives are not seeing any significant loss of productivity, some are concerned about eroding company culture.

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