Video conferencing giant Zoom announced its plans for a hybrid approach to the work of its employees on a company blog.
The company, which became a household name during the pandemic, conducted an internal survey that found that only 1 percent of its office workers wanted to return to full-time.
The survey also showed that over half of Zoom employees preferred a hybrid approach. The rest of the workforce preferred to work remotely full-time.
Chief Financial Officer Kelly Steckelberg wrote on a company blog that Zoom is “preparing a hybrid approach – the strategic mix of remote and office work,” but she added, “We’re still experimenting with what it looks like.”
Steckelberg said Zoom opened its offices in Sydney, Australia, this summer but was forced to temporarily close due to concerns about the Covid-19 outbreak.
“We plan to reopen when it is safe,” she said, “but that could affect plans to reopen a second location this fall.”
Steckelberg insisted that no office be reopened until it was “possible without personal protective equipment and social distancing”.
“Ultimately,” wrote Steckelberg, “our office openings will be part of a flexible, hybrid approach.”
Zoom’s popularity soared during the pandemic as most of its activity around the world went virtual, and the company grew sales 370 percent in the last three months of 2020 over the same period last year.