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Ford makes plans to bring remote employees back to the workplace

Ford Motor Company

The Ford Motor Company is making plans to begin transitioning thousands of employees from working remotely to back in the office.

But the automaker is leaving the door open to those who want to continue to work remotely.

Ford has more than 30,000 employees working remotely.

During a virtual global town hall Wednesday, Ford officials announced the company is implementing a flexible hybrid work model for non-place-dependent employees.

The company plans to gradually start returning remote working employees to the physical workplace in July, though some regional offices are already implementing the new work model. 

Ford officials say employees may continue to do work remotely indefinitely, with flexible hours approved by their managers.

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.