General Motors Unveils New Plans for Remote Work Post-pandemic

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The pandemic has caused many businesses to rethink the expectations they once had for their workforce to be onsite. But amid the rise in remote work, it’s been clear that some industries are better able to offer this option in a widespread way. Often left behind are the traditionally “blue collar” workers in industries like manufacturing, distribution, and trades. General Motors’ (GM) recent announcement is evidence of the divide, as the automaker is unveiling a new approach to staffing it calls “Work Appropriately.” According to reports, the new program is a plan to reintegrate GM’s 155,000 workers post-pandemic, but in a flexible, case-by-case manner. GM’s Global Talent Director Laura Jones told reporters that “it is not about a policy or a one-size-fits-all approach,” rather an “evolution” of the company’s culture. This could play out as more remote training for hourly factory workers or a work-from-home or hybrid approach for the front office.

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