Kaiser will shift greater than 1,000 Oakland employees to Pleasanton campus
OAKLAND — Kaiser Permanente has sketched out plans to relocate greater than 1,000 employees from Oakland to the healthcare supplier’s massive campus in Pleasanton as a part of a recalibration of its administrative operations.
The relocation of a number of hundred Kaiser employees portends a contemporary blow to Oakland’s financial system because it makes an attempt to recuperate from the negative effects of the coronavirus outbreak — but additionally gives a lift to Pleasanton’s financial fortunes.
An estimated 1,200 Kaiser employees will transfer from downtown Oakland to Pleasanton. The relocation is slated to happen by someday subsequent yr, Kaiser Permanente said.
Kaiser’s choice to maneuver the workers arose due to a steadily intensifying shift in direction of working remotely or from residence and away from in-person appearances at an official office setting.
These developments prompted Kaiser to rethink its necessities for workplace websites.
“With our want for administrative area considerably decreased, we are going to transition about 10% of our whole workforce in Oakland to our present Pleasanton campus in early 2024,” Kaiser mentioned in feedback emailed to this information group.
That works out to about 1,200 of the 12,500 Kaiser employees based mostly in Oakland, the healthcare agency mentioned.
Kaiser Permanente’s nationwide headquarters will stay in Oakland, the place the supplier of well being providers has been based mostly for 50 years. Staff that provide medical providers, together with these on the major Kaiser medical middle in Oakland, aren’t concerned within the relocation.
The nationwide administrative workforce that’s based mostly in Oakland will relocate from a number of downtown buildings and transfer to the Ordway Constructing tower at 1 Kaiser Plaza in Oakland, in response to an inner memo issued by Kaiser executives that this information group obtained.
That type of transfer may create new blocks of empty workplace area in downtown Oakland.
The relocation of the 1,200 employees to Pleasanton’s Hacienda Enterprise Park is predicted to cut back Kaiser’s annual administrative prices, the healthcare agency said within the inner memo.
The Pleasanton campus, which Kaiser owns, consists of six workplace buildings that whole greater than 700,000 sq. ft. Kaiser believes the Pleasanton advanced will have the ability to accommodate the entire regional administrative staff who will relocate from Oakland.
Kaiser famous that the Pleasanton campus gives versatile workplace areas, areas for crew collaborations, a full cafeteria, a gourmand espresso store and a fitness center. The campus is also near the Pleasanton-Dublin BART station in addition to the interchange of interstate freeways 580 and 680. The Pleasanton campus additionally incorporates free on-site parking and out of doors gathering and leisure sections.
The healthcare titan intends to hold out wide-ranging renovations to organize the Pleasanton workplaces the place the relocated staff from Oakland will work, in response to the inner memo. These renovations are slated to be full by early 2024. After that, particular person departments will transfer from Oakland into their new workplaces in Pleasanton.
Many of the staff who will transfer from Oakland to Pleasanton will retain the pliability to proceed to work remotely, even daily of the workweek, Kaiser mentioned within the inner memo.
In 2019, with nice fanfare, Kaiser and then-Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf introduced that Kaiser had determined to relocate its headquarters operations to a future workplace tower in downtown Oakland.
However in 2020, Kaiser scuttled these plans attributable to delays and rising prices associated to the brand new workplace tower.
Regardless of the upcoming exit of 1,200 jobs from downtown Oakland, Kaiser insists that it’s not going to desert the East Bay’s largest metropolis.
“Kaiser Permanente stays dedicated to town of Oakland, which is an integral a part of Kaiser Permanente’s historical past and future,” the healthcare agency mentioned.