The world came to a halt a little over a year ago as the coronavirus spread across the globe, and changed how people lived and worked.
The auto industry was particularly hard hit as factories were temporarily closed and vehicle development shifted from corporate campuses to the dining room table.
While the worst of the pandemic appears to be behind us, it’s still not business as usual and might never return to what it once was. GM CEO Mary Barra acknowledged this in a LinkedIn post, where she noted some employees have been working remotely for more than a year.
The sudden shift to remote working turned out better than expected and it’s part of the reason the company has announced a new “Work Appropriately” plan. It acknowledges the “future of work is not a one-size-fits-all approach” and offers employees better flexibility as they’re “capable of making smart decisions without overly prescriptive guidance.”
Barra went on to compare it to GM’s dress code, which empowers employees to make smart choices.
In particular, some employees and workgroups will be given the option to “work where they can have the greatest impact to achieve company goals.” This means a number of GM’s 155,000 employees will be able to work from home and hold meetings digitally. Others will only need to come into the office when needed.
This could be a boon for the automaker as it's adapting recruitment efforts to include positions designated specifically as remote. This means GM could be more attractive to people working on autonomous and electric vehicles in California, but don’t want to move to Michigan.
The company alluded to this as they said...