The newspaper reports that Kim Brycz, GM senior vice president of global human resources, and Dane Parker, GM’s chief sustainability officer, both signed a recent internal document that indicated the automaker will not require white-collar, salaried employees to return to the office until June 2021 at the earliest.
The document also indicated the automaker would establish a more “flexible” work culture going forward, potentially indicating some employees will be able to work from home more often even when its offices do reopen.
Previous reports indicated that GM may keep its office workers at home for the rest of 2020, but this confirms it won’t bring them back for another 15 months or so.
While certain white-collar employees are able to work from home, others need access to certain facilities in order to their jobs, like engineers. These employees have returned to work and will follow similar safety protocols as GM’s assembly plant workers to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the automaker’s facilities.
GM assembly workers returned to their job posts in May, though many of the automaker’s plants have not yet returned to full capacity. The automaker has also had to bring in salaried employees to work the line at certain assembly plants after experiencing a high rate of worker absenteeism due to the pandemic – mainly Wentzville Assembly in Missouri.
Ford has also said that its employees will not return to the office until next year. Fiat Chrysler has not yet provided any specific timeline, simply saying its employees have “the ability to work remotely and will continue to do so, until they hear directly from their manager.”