Toyota Giving “Eligible” Employees Option to Work from Home Permanently

Toyota Motor Co. is now telling eligible employees that they can work from home permanently, rather than “until further notice,” as the company looks at ways to keep employees safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

The employees eligible to take advantage of the plan include clerical and engineering staffers as well as those caring for children or elderly parents. Many white-collar workers are expected to remain home until fall.

That flexibility could save the company some money in the long term, if they discover that there is a large number of people who would prefer working from home and can do so without it impacting the company’s overall operations. This could mean less need for office space. If enough people stay home, teams could be consolidated – in terms of space – requiring fewer offices and, perhaps, even fewer buildings, lowering costs.

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