Boeing is planning to bring its employees back to the office full-time, five days a week. While there is no specific deadline for this change, managers have been asked to work on implementing the new policy so that the company can resume pre-pandemic office operations. It seems that Boeing is aiming for a return-to-office in 2024 with a traditional model of work.
Boeing believes that some parts of its work, such as aeroplane development, require face-to-face interaction and collaboration that is not possible with remote work. Some groups have started preparing to return to the office after the holidays.
However, this new policy will take away many conveniences and work-life balance for employees, and it is natural for the company to expect resistance. The news of the end of hybrid work is not a surprise, as Stanley Deal, executive VP of Boeing and CEO of Boeing Commercial Division, raised the issue in October.
The return-to-office policy has been emphasized more in the last month, with some employees already working in the physical office.
Given the potential for commutes, traffic, and loss of flexibility, some frustrated employees are considering quitting, while others are hoping that the company will continue with the hybrid approach, which allows employees to work remotely or be present in the office as required by their team or manager.