In an ironic twist, Zoom urges its staff to work from office
How can one know that the horrors of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown is firmly behind us?
A clear indication would be when Zoom, which brought the world’s offices closer together during the pandemic, urges its own employees to return to the office for work.
Zoom, the American company which powered the ‘remote working’ revolution during the pandemic, has urged its workers to return to office in a ‘structured hybrid approach.’
The company, in a statement, said employees who live near an office ‘need to be onsite two days a week’ as it is ‘most effective’ for the video-conferencing service.
“As a company, we’re in a better position to use our own technologies, continue to innovate, and support our global customers. We’ll continue to leverage the entire Zoom platform to keep our employees and dispersed teams connected and working efficiently,” said the company in the statement.
While the irony of the situation is apparent, Zoom is not the only company urging its employees to get back to the office.
Google and Amazon enacted similar policies in recent times, putting an end to the era of ‘work from home,’ which gave employees more freedom. However, everything is not as smooth as it seems because there has been some pushback from employees who grew used to the comfort of working from home.
Zoom has had its fair share of difficulties as the service’s demand dropped as more people started returning to offices.
In February, the company laid off around 1,300 employees, which amounts to 15% of its staff, after growing at a blistering pace.
Zoom did roaring business in the mid-2020s, during the height of the pandemic, when more business customers started using its platform to meet and organise things.
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