THE WHAT? L’Oréal has mandated its 87,000 global employees to return to the office for at least two Fridays every month, as part of a revision to its remote working policies reported by The Times.
THE DETAILS This change aims to increase office attendance following a period of more flexible hybrid working arrangements introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the UK and Ireland, where L’Oréal employs 4,500 staff, the requirement is for employees to work in the office three days a week.
THE WHY? The company’s chief executive, Nicolas Hieronimus, expressed criticism of fully remote working at the World Economic Forum, attributing a lack of attachment, passion, and creativity to such arrangements and suggesting that L’Oréal’s quick post-pandemic recovery was due to maintaining a balance between remote and in-office work.