The following was sent to Reuters staffers on Thursday:
I hope that you, your family and your friends are well as we continue to battle this pandemic around the world. Your health and safety are our first priority.
We aim to be as clear as possible, to help you plan. The leadership team has therefore decided to extend our voluntary work from home period to January 11, 2021.
Countries’ efforts to understand and tackle the pandemic are advancing but, as expected, the picture is uneven. Global health concerns, fluctuating changes in travel restrictions and discussions with our customers indicate this is the right course to take for now.
Anyone who has been working from home and wants to continue through January 11 may do so. For those of you hoping to get back to an office environment soon, we are still working to give you that option, gradually reopening our offices and making them ready.
Thank you to all the local teams for your tireless work to move forward with that planning. We will reopen offices when local guidelines permit.
With this work from home extension, the entire leadership team would like to reiterate the importance of taking vacation/annual leave for your health and well being. It is vital – and strongly encouraged – to take a real break. Disconnect and recharge.
So please find the time to take a break from email, Teams calls and meetings so you can rest and come back to work focused and refreshed.
I cannot express enough how well everyone has risen to the challenges of the pandemic. Thank you again for all you have done to look after each other and our customers.
Mary Alice Vuicic
Chief People Officer,