Disney CEO Bob Iger has told employees who work hybrid jobs that as of March 1, they must return to physical offices at least four days a week, Silicon Republic reports.
Bob Iger has returned to his role as Disney CEO after a hiatus of less than a year, and with his decision, Disney has become the latest major company to require its staff to work in a real work environment at least a few days out of the week.
An email that Iger sent to employees, which was seen by CNBC, stresses the importance of personal collaboration given the nature of the creative industry.
“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.”
Bob Iger wrote in his statement.
But that’s not Iger’s only solution. He also plans to keep the hiring freeze at Disney that was originally put in place by Chapek.
And it hopes to recoup losses from its Disney+ streaming service, which has come under pressure from competitors like Netflix.
Iger’s return-to-work policy is slightly less lenient than that of other tech companies. Unlike Disney, Google and Apple allow their employees to work remotely two days a week.