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The pandemic prompted Zoom to become one of the most prominent video communications companies worldwide, offering employees remote work opportunities from their homes or offices. However, the San Jose-based company is now among those inundated with businesses mandating return mandates.
According to an e-mailed statement from Zoom, employees who reside in close proximity to their offices must work in person at least twice a week. The company believes that implementing ‘a structured hybrid approach’ is the most effective way for them to achieve this, according to Business Insider.
The statement stated that the company is better equipped to utilize its own technologies, innovate, and provide support to global customers due to this decision.
The news generated intense emotions on social media and a barrage of angry headlines.
Verge reported that Zoom is requesting its remote work company to return to the office.
A KTLA5 headline stated that Zoom, the patron saint of remote work, would call workers back.
Zoom’s decision to stop using Zoom is a clear indication that WFH is finished.
A Twitter user commented that Zoom has come to a consensus on live collaboration.
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A different person shared the news by posting a meme that stated, “Irony can be quite ironic.”
According to Nicholas Bloom, an economics professor at Stanford University who studies remote work, Zoom’s decision is “reasonable.” He noted that the company has a significant amount of office space and local employees.
Bloom tweeted that Zoom’s employees should operate on a hybrid schedule as it is more feasible to pay for office space and receive high salaries in the Bay Area, and most of them are already using this method.
The coronavirus pandemic prompted many employees to work from home, which allowed them to reassess their relationship with work and develop a better work-life balance. Companies claim that working in the office enhances innovation and collaboration.
Office occupancy rates have not reached pre-pandemic levels, as evidenced by Kastle Systems’ data. In the late July period, 10 metropolitan areas in the United States had an average weekly occupancy rate of less than 50 percent.
Eric Yuan, the founder and CEO of Zoom, stated on an earnings call in May that executives were having difficulty attracting people to their office for scheduled meetings.
He emphasized the importance of accepting hybrid work.
Zoom’s growth during the pandemic was characterized by its cult following, but it has struggled to maintain its growth trajectory. In February, the company announced that it would be conceding 15 percent of its employees due to global economic uncertainty.
Yuan stated at the time that they would learn from past experiences to prepare us for success in the future and intensify their efforts to adapt Zoom’s features to meet 21st-century standards.