Target HQ Extends Work From Home Through June 2021

Target HQ Extends Work From Home Through June 2021

Target is planning for the future of work with a hybrid model that will allow for continued flexibility, even post pandemic.

Target Corp. pushed out its return to the office until June 2021 at the earliest due to the ongoing threat of Covid-19. Employees who work at the downtown Minneapolis headquarters were notified Thursday by email and told that they will return to a hybrid work model—something many companies are considering in response to the positive reaction to increased flexibility.

Target is not just planning for a return date, rather “taking this time to reimagine the future role of the office and where and how work gets done,” chief human resources officer Melissa Kremer noted in her company-wide email.

“As we look to the future, our headquarters environment will include a hybrid model of remote and on-site work,” Kremer said. “This will allow for the flexibility many of you have come to value, while also providing opportunity for the in-person connection and collaboration that’s central to our team and culture. Our intent is to blend the best of both work environments.”

While flexibility ranked high in a recent survey of Target employees, Kremer noted that some employees find virtual work challenging, and most emphasized “the importance of health and safety continuing to guide our plans.”

The largest downtown Minneapolis employer with 8,500 who typically report to the offices on Nicollet Mall, Target is the first to extend remote work as far as next summer. Others, including Sleep Number and Wells Fargo, haven’t announced plans beyond remaining remote through the end of 2020.

Downtown’s daily workforce has plummeted to around a tenth of its pre-pandemic size, according to real estate experts. There’s been a rollercoaster of announcements in recent weeks, with rumors of some downtown businesses looking to get out.  Amid continued reports of small businesses folding, and safety concerns, city boosters and government officials point to Deluxe Corp.’s decision to move downtown as a sign that business will rebound.