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GM workers will return to office at least 3 days a week

GM employees who have been working remotely because of the pandemic will be required to return to the office at least three days a week starting later this year, the automaker confirmed Friday.

An internal message to employees, first obtained by Automotive News and confirmed by GM on Friday, attributed the shift in GM’s Work Appropriately policy to progress made against the pandemic, saying: “The COVID-19 situation is dramatic. improved”.

“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, business mindset and impact. personal work cycle, and are now expected to work on campus three days a week,” GM spokesman Maria Raynal said in a statement via email Friday. “We’re committed to maintaining flexibility to ensure our employees can meet personal commitments, and we’ll be sharing details with them in the coming weeks.”

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According to an article in Crain’s Detroit Business, GM’s message to employees was attributed to “the senior leadership team,” a list of CEO Mary Barra, President Mark Reuss and 12 other top executives. The message, which also mentioned a desire to encourage more cooperation in the future, did not specifically mention when the new policy would come into effect.

On April 20, 2021, GM presented a new philosophy that marked a culture shift for the 113-year-old automaker called Work Appropriately.

Work Fitting gave many salaried employees the flexibility to work where they could do their job best. GM considered it a recruiting and retention tool because GM has greater access to talent by not requiring all of its employees to move to Michigan or commute daily.

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GM’s new return-to-office plan couldn’t come soon enough for the Renaissance Center. The location of GM’s headquarters effectively became a ghost town when COVID-19 office workers packed up to work from home. Among them: about 5,000 GM employees.

GM has not been able to provide figures on the number of employees who come to RenCen’s offices on a daily basis, because Work Appropriately means that the number fluctuates daily.

Without them it was pretty quiet. In June, questions were asked about: what was going to happen to the RenCen because of how empty it was became, plus GM owns part of the building.

Since the pandemic, RenCen has lost Deloitte LLP as a tenant, and Blue Cross Blue Shield has moved about 50 of its 2,000 employees to a smaller Detroit office.

Free Press staff writer Jamie Lareau contributed.

Free Press contributor JC Reindl contributed.

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