Lyft ends WFH; CEO criticised over work for snacks comment

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Workers are signing petitions to keep their flexibility and contending that they are just as productive, if not more so while working from home, which is making it difficult for major corporations to get employees back to the office where they were previously employed.The Chief Executive Officer of Lyft, David Risher, is of the opinion that workplace snacks should be sufficient motivation enough for workers to return to work.

Risher overturned Lyft’s “fully flexible” work policy during a meeting of the company’s employees in April 2022. The policy had been in place since March 2022. Because of this strategy, practically all workers were given the opportunity to work and live in whatever location they chose.

According to a story published by the New York Times in April, after the meeting in April, he declared that staff would be required to return to the office at least three days each week beginning in the autumn.

And when one employee asked why they would need to return, Risher said “for the snacks in the office,” the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing employees who attended the meeting.

Risher’s comments didn’t go over too well with employees, however, who rated him poorly on a scale of 1 to 5 following the meeting, the Journal reported. But things must have turned around because now Risher said he was rated well after a more recent meeting in late June, the Journal reported. The company declined to provide exact scores to Insider.

In a statement to Insider, Risher said: “Lyft brings people together to work, learn, and play together. We’ve got to walk the walk if we’re going to talk the talk.” And while the company declined to provide specifics on its in-office snack offerings, a spokesperson for Lyft added by email that, “We’re as serious about building a great experience for our employees as we are for riders and drivers.”

The following was the continuation of the statement: “Good food is important, but this is about more than baby carrots with a light dipping sauce.” It is about creating a workplace that is productive, adaptable, and engaging for its employees so that we can all concentrate on meeting the requirements of our clients.

Since Risher took over as CEO of Lyft in April, he has implemented various new policies, including a return-to-office requirement, among other improvements. Risher has also said the company is “doing everything we can” to prepare itself for advances in self-driving car technology.

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