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GM is backing down from return-to-office rule after employee backlash

A nearly empty hallway at the Renaissance Center on June 15, 2022. The pandemic sent most of the 5,000 people who worked at GM's headquarters home to work, and few have returned.  The pandemic sent most of the 5,000 people who worked in GM's Renaissance Center offices home to work, and few have returned.
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General Motors steps back a bit Return-to-work policy it revealed to the employees last week.

On Tuesday, CEO Mary Barra sent a note to employees, somewhat apologizing for the timing of the release of a new policy late Friday, saying employees would need to return to the office three days a week.

She now said GM’s plan will still include more regular in-person presence, but it won’t implement changes to its return-to-the-office policy this year as the company continues to listen to employee feedback. The plan is for employees to continue to work in the office three days a week.

“The original letter was a notification and the purpose of the update is to provide clarification and additional details,” GM spokeswoman Maria Raynal said Tuesday. “The timing has shifted slightly, but the overall plan hasn’t changed.”

A nearly empty hallway at the Renaissance Center on June 15, 2022. The pandemic sent most of the 5,000 people who worked at GM's headquarters home to work, and few have returned.  The pandemic sent most of the 5,000 people who worked in GM's Renaissance Center offices home to work, and few have returned.

In Tuesday’s note to employees obtained by Freie Presse, Barra wrote, “We would like to take this opportunity to address some of the questions, concerns and misunderstandings we have heard. We acknowledge the timing of the news, late Friday afternoon, was unfortunate. It was also unintentional.

GM will share more information on its plan next month, Barra said.

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