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Ford to allow some workers work-from-home option

U.S. automaker Ford Motor said on Wednesday it would enable about 86,000 non-manufacturing workers worldwide the option to move to a hybrid home-and-office model.

The move makes the automaker the recent company to modify its work model after the coronavirus crisis with Microsoft Corp, Salesforce.com Inc and Twitter Inc also choosing a hybrid or permanent remote-working models.

Ford said the move would become effective for its American employees from July.

Almost 100,000 of the automaker’s 186,000 workers, who are working in manufacturing, research, product development, and design, are already operating from on-site locations.

With the increasing chances of imposition of lockdowns to curb the spread of coronavirus, it would benefit automakers if they get used to with the work from home facility for this year.

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