Zoom mandates partial return to office for employees

With immediate effect, employees of Zoom need to be in the office at least two times a week as part of a new hybrid work policy.
By: | August 10, 2023

Video-conferencing platform Zoom, one of the biggest advocates of remote work during the pandemic, is the latest tech organisation to enforce a partial return-to-office for its employees.

Calling the strategy a “structured hybrid approach”, Zoom is asking its 7,400 employees who live near a company office to return to the office twice a week, starting immediately. This new corporate policy denotes the end of fully remote work for Zoom, which made its name in the last few years to help organisations cater to remote work thanks to COVID-19.

“We believe that a structured hybrid approach — meaning employees that live near an office need to be on site two days a week to interact with their teams — is most effective for Zoom,” a Zoom spokesperson said in a statement. “As a company, we are in a better position to use our own technologies, continue to innovate, and support our global customers.”

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The company said that their video-conferencing technologies will continue to be the core of their own work-day processes to keep “dispersed teams connected and working efficiently.”

Zoom also said it will continue to hire top talent regardless of where these applicants are based, which may indicate leniency in comparison to other organisations who have also issued a mandate to return to the office, reported CBSNews.