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Cast Members Receive New Information for Hybrid Employees of the Walt Disney Company

Cast Members Receive New Information for Hybrid Employees of the Walt Disney Company
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This morning all hybrid employees received an email from Disney CEO Bob Iger regarding their hybrid work schedules.

Hybrid Employees at the World Disney Company

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CEO Bob Iger took back the reins as CEO of the Walt Disney Company in November 2022 to everyone’s surprise. Since being back, he has already made some changes and today was another day of change.

An aftermath of the pandemic allowed many companies throughout the world to go to hybrid work schedules. This is when employees work both at home and in the workplace. This morning hybrid employees received an email from CEO Bob Iger indicating that all hybrid employees are to be on-site four days a week beginning on March 1, 2023.

In the email Iger states that “working together more in-person will benefit the company’s creativity, culture, and our employees’ careers,” especially as the The Walt Disney Company will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary beginning on January 27, 2023.

The Email Hybrid Employees Received

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Here is part of the email that hybrid employees received from CEO Bob Iger.

Accomplishments like these remind me of how special our Company is. I also wanted to let you know that, 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.

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. It is my belief that working together more in-person will benefit the Company’s creativity, culture, and our employees’ careers.

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Starting March 1, employees currently working in a hybrid fashion will be asked to spend four days a week on-site, targeting Monday through Thursday as in-person workdays. Stay tuned for additional details. As we embark on a new year, Disney’s historic 100th anniversary, and all the opportunities before us, we have so many reasons to be excited about the future.

What are your thoughts regarding the email that CEO Bob Iger sent to hybrid employees? Do you agree or disagree with his decision? Comment below and share this article with a friend who shares the same Disney interests as you!

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  1. Those Cast Members who think they run the company because they have a bright idea every now and then could leave this inconvenient way of working and get a REAL job—TEACH

  2. There is nothing wrong about an employer wanting to see what they are paying for. As for hybrid employees , no one is more productive away from your job and certainly not more creative. Ideas and team building comes from being together not alone. Walt new this very well , that is why he often walked through after hours to look at progress and to look through the trash at work stations and pin ideas back up with notes quoting “LETS NOT THROW AWAY THE GOOD IDEAS”.

  3. The quantitative data about telecommuting supports your argument, Nonya. Ultimately (right now, if we get on the stick) we should be able to go to work via telecommuting at jobs requiring hands-on presence, like playing a character in a theme park. Your character is a teleoperator, a robot under human control. Soon after that, you would wear a cap with sensors that puts you on the equivalent of a holodeck, in Star Trek terms. And that’s what Iger would be thinking about if he were anything like Walt. But Walt is gone, and Iger is more like Roy.

  4. As a hybrid employee, I’m way more productive at home and it’s a lot quieter. The office is full of distractions and lots of background chatter that can be disruptive. Some people live in excess of one hour away, with traffic could be hours to arrive and get home.

  5. I feel like this makes sense. Sure, it’s great to avoid long commutes and take meetings in our pajamas from the waist down, but there is something to be said for working in person with your team. To me, it feels more equitable. I find that hybrid schedules are difficult – we should either be in the office five days a week or fully remote. With a hybrid schedule, the person who is in the office usually has to carry the weight of the people who are remote, and it’s very disruptive to the in-office person’s work for the day.

  6. Seems like a conservative reaction, not creative. Iger offers no support for his decision, certainly nothing quantitative, just a feeling. Not how I work, and I do not respect argument from authority.

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