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Roblox to End Remote Work Policies; Metaverse and Digital Workspaces 'Still Not There'

Roblox, a metaverse gaming company, has recently announced the end of its remote work policies, calling all but a few workers to work from its headquarters in San Mateo, California. Roblox founder and CEO David Baszucki stated that the metaverse and digital workspaces were still not as “engaging, collaborative, and productive as physical spaces.”

Roblox Recalls Its Workers to Headquarters, Ends Remote Work Policies

Roblox, a gaming and metaverse company, has recently recalled its workers, requesting they work from its headquarters. The company, which had turned into a remote workforce in March 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, has required all but a few of its workers to be present in office on a three-day schedule (Tues.-Thurs.) or take a severance package.

David Baszucki, founder and CEO of Roblox, said these new policies will begin being applied by July 2024, when all employees called for relocation will start in-office work. Roblox is giving remote employees until January 16th, 2024, to decide about their future in the company.

About the move, Baszucki stated this was an “extremely difficult decision because where we live is a personal choice and it affects all aspects of our lives,” detailing that Roblox had done everything in its power to “make this process as systematic and fair as possible.”

A Change of Heart

Baszucki explained how the company debated the best way of returning to presential work, as Roblox was “an innovation company and we needed to get back to working in person,” even entertaining the idea of the company supporting a “heavily hybrid remote culture.”

Ultimately, what changed Baszucki’s ideas for the future of Roblox was the first post-quarantine, in-person group meeting, where he found increased productivity levels. Baszucki explained:

Within 45 minutes I came away from three separate conversations with spontaneous to do’s and ideas to put in motion, something that hadn’t happened during the past few years of video meetings.

For Baszucki, while remote meetings, virtual workrooms, and metaverse environments sustained the company during the Covid-19 pandemic, such remote meetings still lag behind conventional in-person meetings where productivity is concerned. Baszucki concluded:

A three-hour Group Review in person is much less exhausting than over video and brainstorming sessions are more fluid and creative.

“While I’m confident we will get to a point where virtual workspaces are as engaging, collaborative, and productive as physical spaces, we aren’t there yet,” he concluded.

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