In yet another workplace policy reversal, Roblox decided that it was time for their employees to come back into the office part time. If they refuse, the company will offer them walking papers.
As reported by CNBC, Roblox CEO David Baszucki sent a memo stating that a “number” of their employees who had been working remotely must come back for three days a week at their headquarters in San Mateo or face being fired. At least they’re offering severance package for those not coming back to work. For those who are staying, they have been given information on how this “about face” will affect them.
The employees being forced back have until January 16, 2024 to make a decision on whether to forced back into the office or dropped from the rolls. If they choose to forcibly be vacated from their position, they will at least have an additional three months to find employment elsewhere. Severance packages will differ based on what people did at the company and how long, but they will at least cover six months of healthcare.
It is also worth mentioning that not every role is affected by this policy change. Those working in call and data centers and those who have a particular set of skills can remain remote.
We did not make this decision lightly, as we understand that the decision to move is significant, both for our employees and for their families and loved ones…ultimately, Roblox is an innovation company and we needed to get back to working in person. We were also concerned about many cohorts, such as our new college graduates and people early in their careers, who typically learn through social contact and would miss out on this mentorship. And of course this requires the presence of senior employees to provide that mentorship.”
From memo released by David Baszucki, CEO, Roblox
This seems odd from a company that is currently making an in-game recruitment center to draw more talent to the company.