General Motors has introduced a new ‘Work Appropriately’ guideline that will enable its white-collar employees to work remotely more often.
Under the new working guideline, many of GM’s salaried office workers that have been working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to be able to perform their duties remotely. Work Appropriately is not an official policy, GM says, but rather a “shared mindset” that will provide its workers with more flexibility.
“The future of work is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and our values and behaviors will guide us in this culture change,” CEO Mary Barra said this week. “It is up to leaders to focus on the work, not the where, and we will provide the tools and resources needed to make the right decisions to support our teams.”
Employees will still be able to use their office space when they please, although many single desks and offices will be converted into shared space. GM said previously that it planned to start bringing its salaried employees back into the office in July.
Work Appropriately is named after the two-word “Dress Appropriately,” dress code that Barra introduced back in 2009 when she was still leading GM’s Global Human Resources department. Before she moved into the role, GM had a lengthy and needlessly complicated 10-page dress code policy. Barra amended the policy to simply say “dress appropriately,” giving managers the flexibility to decide how employees working under them can dress. Work Appropriately will have a similar effect, allowing managers to decide the best working strategy for their particular department.
In addition to providing employees with a better work-life balance, Work Appropriately will also allow GM to turbocharge its recruitment efforts, extending the talent pool beyond Michigan.