With the closure of its technological hubs in Austin, Carlsbad, and Portland, Oregon, Walmart will require employees to relocate to its main offices in San Bruno, California, and Bentonville, Arkansas.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Suresh Kumar, Walmart’s global chief technology officer, informed affected employees of the decision in a message last week. Retailer will cover relocation costs for affected employees and provide severance for those who decide to remain on the job.
Some relocating employees may be permitted to continue working entirely remotely, but most will be required to return to their workplaces two days each week. Since last year, employees at the Walmart corporate office have worked five days a week in person.
Whether Walmart’s decision to shut the three hubs is its one and only action or the start of a significant change is unclear at this time. The retailer now runs six locations outside of the United States and 11, including the three that are closing.
According to the Journal, this is what Mr. Kumar said in a LinkedIn post in 2020:
“We’ve decided that even as restrictions are lifted and other groups in Walmart eventually return to their offices, we will take our time, and think about how we can invent the workspace of the future.” Suresh Kumar, Global CTO, Walmart
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