In today’s digital world, working remotely has become increasingly common. However, Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, disagrees, asserting that nothing can replace the benefits of working together in person. Iger recently demanded that all Disney employees return to the office at least 4 days a week starting March 1.
While research suggests that remote work leads to increased trust, improved communication, and performance, some leaders of big companies disagree. For most, idea generation comes when people are in the same room, and productivity also increases when employees work in an office-like environment.
Disney Changes its Remote Work Policy
Bob Iger, Disney’s CEO, informed on Monday to its corporate employees that they’ll need to be at the office for a minimum of four days a week starting March 1. He cited the benefits of collaboration, connection, and creativity that are only made possible by being together in person.
In a memo obtained by CNBC, he mentioned:
“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,”
However, many workers are pushing back on this mandate as other companies have employed different methods, such as staggered schedules and remote work. It has become an ongoing discussion amongst employers and employees alike as they attempt to find the best solutions that work for everyone.