Starbucks’ decision to bring their corporate employees back to the office a minimum of three days a week affirms that the pandemic is beginning to come to an end. Starbucks interim CEO Howard Schultz remarks in his memo that it’s time for “partners” to come back and rebuild the energy of their headquarters and regional offices.
Starting Jan 30th, Starbucks will be requiring all 3,950 of its corporate workers within commuting distance to work at the company’s SoDo headquarters building Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and a third day determined by teams and leaders.
This mandate aims to inject enthusiasm amongst Starbucks’ workers while also promoting safety engagement by having one day of work from anywhere. The pandemic has forced many companies into remote working, but Starbucks is now looking forward with confidence as they usher in the new era or returning-to-the-office.
Starbucks is also encouraging employees who need to take extra safety precautions, or who can’t easily get to the office due to medical reasons, to stay home and keep working remotely. In addition, Starbucks is providing additional funds for those who may need assistance in order to make it into the office.
The return-to-the-office affects more than just Starbucks’ corporate staff. Suppliers, vendors, and partners will be able to resume their presence at the SoDo building as well. All visitors must follow Starbucks’ safety protocols and be mindful that they are sharing space with people who may have different preferences or needs.
This might be the end of the remote working era – at least for Starbucks. With the announcement of this new mandate, it can be expected that other corporate giants will shortly follow suit as they too look to re-energize their headquarters and offices.