Many large companies are dialing back on their remote-working guidelines and setting dates mandatory back-to-office deadlines.
- Many of America’s biggest cities saw more than 50% of workers return to the office this year for the first time since the pandemic, according to Bloomberg.
- Many of the large corporate businesses are setting deadlines for workers to return to the office and eliminating remote work.
- Eight of the businesses shifting back to in-office work, according to Bloomberg…
- General Motors Co.
- Meta Platforms
- News Corp
- Snap Inc.
- Starbucks Corp.
- Walmart Inc.
- Walt Disney Co.
Why it’s news
The work-from-home craze seems to be coming to an end as many large businesses order workers to get back to the office.
During the pandemic, as many office buildings were closed, businesses found that workers could work just as efficiently from home as they could in the office and began allowing workers to work from anywhere as long as they met requirements and deadlines.
Workers became accustomed to this lifestyle, reporting better working conditions for jobs that allowed remote work, but that is ending as many large corporations are cutting back on remote work policies.
Many companies within the tech sector have had to lay off large numbers of employees, including Amazon, Meta, and others. Now the companies are telling the remaining workers to return to the office.
The companies are stating that collaboration is better in the office and that employees being together helps build a good work culture, but many workers are skeptical that the companies are doing it for other reasons, such as taxing purposes.
Many companies ordering employees back to in-person work are giving them deadlines, such as Amazon, which says after May 1 employees must work three days a week in the office.
“There is something about being face-to-face with somebody, looking them in the eye and seeing they’re fully immersed in whatever you’re discussing that bonds people together,” says Amazon CEO Andy Jassy.