Disney employees prepare to return to the office

CEO Bob Iger has cited the importance of in-person collaboration as the reason for asking employees to be in the office four times a week.
By: | January 10, 2023

Employees of the Walt Disney Company who are currently engaged in hybrid work have been told that starting from March 1 this year, they would be required to spend four days a week on-site.

Highlighting the importance of in-person collaboration as a key reason to designate Monday through Thursday as in-person workdays, CEO Bob Iger wrote in a memo to employees, “As I’ve been meeting with teams throughout the company over the past few months, I’ve been reminded of the tremendous value in being together with the people you work with.”

“As you’ve heard me say many times, creativity is the heart and soul of who we are and what we do at Disney. And in a creative business like ours, nothing can replace the ability to connect, observe, and create with peers that comes from being physically together, nor the opportunity to grow professionally by learning from leaders and mentors.”

The Walt Disney Company joins a growing list of organisations that are pushing for a return to the office after allowing employees to work largely from home.

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Starting in February 2023, Snapchat employees will be asked to in the office for 80% of the time, or the equivalent of four working days a week. Other tech companies like Apple and Google are requiring employees to be in the office for at least three days a week, although the latter has offered employees the option of working remotely up to four weeks per year.