oom, the video-calling company that’s become a household name during the pandemic, has ordered its employees to return to the office.
The BBC said it expects workers who live within 50 miles of an office to come to work in person at least twice a week, as part of a “structured hybrid approach”.
Around 200 people work for Zoom in the UK, which has offices in central London. The company employs around 8,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in the USA.
A spokesperson said: “We believe that a structured hybrid approach – meaning that employees who live close to an office need to be on site for a certain number of days – is most effective for Zoom.” As a company, we’re better in able to leverage our own technologies, continue to drive innovation and support our global customers.
“We will continue to use the entire Zoom platform to keep our employees and distributed teams connected and working efficiently.”
Around 44% of UK workers said they worked from home at least part of the time between September last year and January, according to the Office for National Statistics.
A similar pattern exists in the US, where around 12% were working entirely remotely and another 29% had a hybrid working pattern, according to a Stanford University study in July.
This comes after Apple told its employees to come three days a week, while both Amazon and Disney have also reduced the number of remote workers.
Zoom earlier this year announced plans to lay off 15% of its global workforce, some 1,300 workers, on the grounds that it needs to adapt to life after the pandemic.
The video-calling company boomed during the coronavirus crisis as remote working increased, but later said it made “mistakes” as it expanded so rapidly.
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/zoom-home-working-pandemic-staff-remote-b1099222.html Zoom instructs employees to come into the office at least two days a week