New York, Europe Brief News – Disney CEO Bob Iger asked hybrid employees to return to their offices.
The employees will start working from offices four days a week from the start of March.
Iger’s four-day-per-week stipulation is relatively strict compared with other large companies, many of which have opted for two or three mandated in-office days for hybrid employees.
The decision came less than two months after he returned to the helm of the company.
“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,” Iger wrote.
“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.”
During the pandemic many companies opted for work-from-home or hybrid work models that kept large gatherings of people, and thus the spread of Covid, to a minimum.
As vaccination rates rose and cases and hospitalization rates fell, companies like Disney looked to bring staff back to offices and return to a more normalized pre-pandemic work environment.
In recent months companies including Snap, Tesla and Uber have announced similar changes to their their working policies.
Since September employees of technology giant Apple have been required to work for three days a week in the firm’s offices.