Zoom employees cannot work remotely. The surprising decision of the authorities concerns a company that provides one of the most popular messengers for meetings and teleconferences. Zoom enabled e.g. extensive remote learning and work in a pandemic.
Zoom managers have a great sense of humor…or no sense of humor at all. The company announced a big change in the approach to remote work. Now, professional duties will have to be performed regularly from the office – even if the employee lives quite far from the company’s headquarters.
The end of remote work in Zoom – employees forced to return to the office
Zoom’s official stance is that it believes in a “structured approach to hybrid work.” The company’s new guidelines indicate that employees who live up to 80 km from the company’s office must commute to work. Employees must report to the site at least twice a week.
Zoom argues that the new workforce policy will put the company “in a better position to leverage its own technology, continue to innovate and support our customers around the world.” The media recall that Zoom also announced at the time that employees would be able to work remotely forever.
At the same time, the company’s managers argue that it still intends to “employ the best specialists, regardless of their location.” This may mean that key employees may be able to negotiate work from home for themselves.
Zoom returns to the office – other US companies do the same
Zoom is the last of a growing group of American companies that gradually wants to convince employees to the pre-COVID-19 work model. Previously, employees invited companies such as Amazon and Disney to their offices.
The results of a recent Stanford University study seem to confirm the current trend. In July this year, only about 12 percent. employees from the USA worked fully remotely. Another 29 percent used the hybrid work model. This means that most of them have to constantly appear in offices.
Interestingly, before the pandemic, the number of days worked from home by American citizens was only 5 percent. whole.