Snap tells its staff to be in the office 4 days a week starting in February. This move is coming just after the social media platform recently laid off 20% of its workforce.
Snap Tells Its Staff to Be In Office 4 Days A Week Starting February
Staff employees have been told that they are expected to be in the offices of the social media company at least 80% of the time starting in February according to a report by Bloomberg on Monday.
“I believe that spending more time together in person will help us to achieve our full potential,” CEO of Snap, Evan Spiegel wrote in a memo reviewed by Bloomberg. “What each of us may sacrifice in terms of our individual convenience, I believe we will reap in terms of our collective success.”
The plan of Snap translates to an average of four or even more days per week in the office for its full-time employees, he stated, with some flexibility allowed for work-related tasks like client meetings to count as in-office time.
Snap Has Spent the Past Couple of Months Restructuring Its Business
The parent company of disappearing message app Snapchat, Snap, has spent the past couple of months restructuring its business in the light of a recent drop in growth of revenue, Spiegel in a memo announced to employees in august that the company would be laying off approximately 20% of its staff, or about 1,300 workers. Many projects also have been scrapped and this is including the camera-enabled pixy drone, Snapchat games, Snap Originals, and Zenly.
Snap is the latest tech firm to rein in work-from-home policies after close to two years of remote work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Other tech giants such as Google, Apple, and Twitter have all announced their plans to go back into offices at least a couple of days per week.
What the New Default Together Policy of Snap Means
The new default together policy of Snap will apply to employees in all 30 global offices of the company as reported by Bloomberg adding that the firm also is developing an exception process for staff requesting to work remotely as their own default.
“We’ve been working this way for so long that I’m afraid we’ve forgotten what we’ve lost — and what we could gain — by spending more time together,” Spiegel stated. “I believe that ‘default together,’ while retaining flexibility for our team members, will help us to accelerate our growth and deliver on our strategic priorities of growing our community, reaccelerating our revenue growth, and leading in AR.”
A Spokesperson from Snap Confirmed the Return to Office Plans of Snap
A spokesperson from Snap confirmed the return-to-office plans of the company in an email to CNET.
“After working remotely for so long we’re excited to get everyone back together next year with our new 80/20 hybrid model,” a spokesperson said. “We believe that being together in person, while retaining flexibility for our team members, will enhance our ability to deliver on our strategic priorities of growing our community, driving revenue growth, and leading in AR.”