"Like many organizations, Kaiser Permanente is responding to changes in how and where employees have been working since the COVID-19 pandemic profoundly changed the world," Kaiser Permanente officials said in a statement. "Across our organization, we have shifted to a hybrid model that includes a combination of on-site and remote work. As we continue to support remote and flexible work, our need for physical administrative space is significantly reduced and we are right sizing our campuses."
Part of adapting to the aftermath of the state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic that was lifted earlier this year will also include continuing to keep remote workers remote, leading to reduced needs for office space.
"We can best meet the needs of on-site regional administrative employees at our existing Pleasanton campus, while also significantly decreasing annual administrative costs," Kaiser officials said.
However, they also emphasized that the company would not be leaving Oakland, and that their headquarters would continue to operate there.
"Kaiser Permanente remains committed to the City of Oakland, which is an integral part of Kaiser Permanente's history and future," Kaiser officials said. "Kaiser Permanente's national headquarters will continue to be in Oakland."
They also noted that the move would not have far-reaching impacts on the company's operations.
"Employees working in national offices will centralize in Oakland's Ordway building," Kaiser officials said. "Kaiser Permanente's flagship medical center in Oakland — as well as all of our care delivery facilities — will not be affected by this office consolidation."
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