Tech giant Qualcomm’s incoming CEO Cristiano Amon states that he is in favor of a flexible return to office policy for their employees. This is similar to what another tech giant, Apple, recently announced with their CEO Tim Cook.
News about employees reacting to new work set up policies of various tech giants have been all over the news. The pandemic situation is getting better with the increasing number of Americans already vaccinated. Therefore, companies are now considering asking their employees to return to the office soon. However, reactions from employees are not that positive.
Qualcomm, a provider of wireless technology and innovation, employs more than 41,000 strong global workforce. And with their incoming CEO, they shared their plan with their employees’ work set-up policy. They shared this with Yahoo Finance.
Full Statements of Amon
“The reality is not the same in all locations, we are a global company. And things are improving significantly in the United States and San Diego where our headquarters is. And we have a phased approach to bring employees back to the workplace, we are now doing phase one. We expect there is going to be some flexibility,” Amon said on Yahoo Finance Live.
“The way we are approaching those things is there are a lot of good things about being connected with the company that we learned over the pandemic. I think we are going to keep what is good. And we are going to go back to also what’s good being in the workplace. Of course it is not the same situation everywhere — India still in a tough situation there,” Amon explained.
These statements explain that the tech giant has clear plans as to their work set-up. They mentioned that employees must expect flexibility in terms of this and hopefully they can keep the systems that are effectively working for them.
Amon was initially an engineer in Qualcomm and with his perseverance, became the president of the company. Moreover, he was announced as the next CEO to officially take over the position of Steve Mollenkopf, the current CEO, this coming June 30.
Will This Work?
As mentioned, there is quite a negative reaction as to the initial announcements of other tech giants with the possible work set-up policy. One of those was also reported by TechVisibility. It includes a response letter from employees of Apple with their plan to implement a hybrid approach work set-up.
This approach will require employees to come to the office thrice a week starting the month of September. Apple employees reacted through a letter explaining that the current set-up made work more effective and convenient for employees. This announcement also resulted in some of the employees deciding to leave the company.
Apple’s CEO explains that video calls cannot “replicate” the quality of work and creativity that may be produced in an actual office set up.
The plans of both companies, Qualcomm and Apple, are quite the opposite of what Twitter and Facebook offer to its employees. Both social media companies allow their employees to work from home forever. Another possible factor why employees are in disagreement with the said companies.
All the plans of Qualcomm are yet to be announced and let’s see if the reaction from the employees will be the same as Apple’s.