Every Fortune 100’s Return To Office Policy (SEP UPDATE)

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In early 2020, the office was turned off like a light switch. Anyone who could work from home was instructed or recommended to do just that. This was a temporary measure to fight a pandemic. But the temporary shift from in-office work to remote work turned into a massive, unintentional experiment to test where and how work could be done. Like in any experiment, the experimental group (remote) had a fighting chance to outperform the control group (the office).

For many companies, that’s exactly what happened. Many big names became permanently remote companies. Others turned to permanent hybrid work. And the plans to return to the office continued to be delayed.

In this article (more like a database), we’ll keep an updated list of every “return to office” policy we can find for the Fortune 100, or the 100 biggest US-based companies.

Fortune 100: Every Up-To-Date ‘Return To Office’ Policy

You’ll see information about the company – Fortune 100 rank and number of employees – and about their plans for a return to the office – the current date to call employees back in person, previous postponed dates, and the company’s policy on remote work.

Company

RTO Date

Post-
ponements

Remote Policy

Employees

Walmart

August 2020
Jan 2021
Nov 2021
Feb 2022

Office First

2,300,000

Amazon

Sep 2021
Jan 2022

Hybrid/

Optional

1,298,000

Apple

1 day/week: 
April 11, 2022

3 days/week: September 5, 2022

June 2020
June 2021
Feb 2022
May 2022

Hybrid

147,000

CVS Health

Jan 2022

Hybrid

256,500

UnitedHealth Group

Jul 2021

Optional

330,000

Berkshire Hathaway

Unknown

360,000

McKesson

Unknown

Hybrid

70,000

Amerisource Bergen

No Return

Remote First

21,500

Alphabet (Google)

Jan 2022

Hybrid

135,301

Exxon Mobil

-

Hybrid

72,000

AT&T

-

Hybrid

230,760

Costco Wholesale

Unknown

214,500

Cigna

-

Optional

72,963

Cardinal Health

Unknown

-

Optional

48,000

Microsoft

October 2021

Hybrid

163,000

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Unknown

277,000

Kroger

Hybrid

465,000

Home Depot

September 2021

504,800

JPMorgan Chase

September 2020

May 2021
July 2021 December 2021

Hybrid

255,351

Verizon

September 2021

Hybrid

132,200

Ford Motor

January 2022
March 2022

Hybrid

186,000

General Motors

Hybrid

155,000

Anthem

Unknown

83,400

Centene

Partial

71,300

Fannie Mae

Unknown

7,700

Comcast

April 2022

Hybrid

168,000

Chevron

January 2022

Hybrid

47,736

Dell Technologies

September 2021

Partial

158,000

Bank of America

January 2022
March 2022

Office First

212,505

Target

September 2021

Partial

409,000

Lowe's

-

Hybrid

280,000

Marathon Petroleum

Unknown

57,900

Citigroup

January 2022 February 2022

Hybrid

210,153

Meta (Facebook)

January 2022

Hybrid

58,604

United Parcel Service

-

Optional

408,255

Johnson & Johnson

-

134,500

Wells Fargo

September 2021
October 2021
November 2021
December 2021

Hybrid

268,531

General Electric

-

Hybrid

184,000

State Farm Insurance

-

Hybrid

57,582

Intel

December 2021

Hybrid

110,600

Humana

September 2021

Hybrid

48,700

International Business Machines

January 2022

Hybrid

364,800

Procter & Gamble

June 2021

Optional

99,000

PepsiCo

June 2021

Optional

291,000

FedEx

Unknown

418,000

MetLife

January 10, 2022

Partial

46,500

Freddie Mac

Unknown

6,922

Phillips 66

Hybrid

14,300

Lockheed Martin

-

Hybrid

114,000

Walt Disney

-

Hybrid

203,000

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

July 2021

Hybrid

38,332

Albertsons

Unknown

270,000

Valero Energy

-

Optional

9,964

Boeing

-

Hybrid

141,000

Prudential Financial

September 2021

Hybrid

41,671

HP

Unknown

53,000

Raytheon Technologies

May 2021

Hybrid

181,000

StoneX

Unknown

2,950

Goldman Sachs Group

June 2021
Sep 2021 January 2022 January 2022

Office First

40,500

Sysco

Unknown

57,000

Morgan Stanley

September 2021

January 2022

Office First

68,097

HCA Healthcare

Office Only

235,000

Cisco Systems

July 2021

Hybrid

77,500

Charter Communications

Unknown

96,100

Merck

-

Hybrid

73,500

Best Buy

Hybrid

81,600

New York Life Insurance

Unknown

11,506

AbbVie

July 2021

Hybrid

47,000

Publix Super Markets

Unknown

227,000

Allstate

-

Optional

42,010

Liberty Mutual Insurance Group

-

Optional

45,000

American International Group

-

Hybrid

45,000

Tyson Foods

-

Hybrid

139,000

Progressive

Hybrid

43,326

Bristol-Myers Squibb

July 2021

30,250

Nationwide

April 2020

Hybrid

25,391

Pfizer

Unknown

78,500

Caterpillar

Unknown

97,300

TIAA

-

Hybrid

14,953

Oracle

Hybrid

135,000

Energy Transfer

Unknown

11,421

Dow

-

Hybrid

35,700

American Express

January 2021

Hybrid

63,700

General Dynamics

Unknown

100,700

Nike

December 2021

Hybrid

75,400

Northrop Grumman

-

Hybrid

97,000

USAA

May 2020

December 2020

Hybrid

35,935

Deere

-

Partial

69,634

Abbott Laboratories

July 2021

Hybrid

109,000

Northwestern Mutual

July 2021

Hybrid

6,641

Dollar General

Unknown

158,000

Exelon

Unknown

32,340

Coca-Cola

September 7, 2021

Hybrid

80,300

Honeywell International

Unknown

103,000

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Unknown

84,362

3M

-

Hybrid

94,987

TJX

September 2021

Office Only

320,000

Travelers

January 18, 2022

Hybrid

30,294

Capital One Financial

September 2021

November 2021

Hybrid

51,985

Tesla

July 2021

Office First

70,757

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Return To Office: Definition & Policy Descriptions

Return to office: A “return to office” date is the day in which a company has announced it will expect employees to show up in-person for work after being temporarily allowed to work remotely.

Here’s how we define the remote policies listed in the fourth column.

  1. OptionalEmployees can choose to work from home or the office.
  2. Office Only: The company does not allow any remote work.
  3. Office First: The processes required to work in an office lead the company’s operations, with remote processes coming second. The company’s policy is to default to office-based interactions.
  4. Partial: Some employees, based on role and situation, are able to work from home.
  5. Remote First: The processes required to work remotely lead the company’s operations, with in-office processes coming second.
  6. Fully Remote: The company does not have any physical office locations.
  7. HybridThe company plans to have employees working from home part of the time and in an office part of the time. (There are 14 hybrid schedules being tested by companies right now.)

 

Return To Office News For Notable Companies

Some companies have garnered a bit more interest in their plans for remote or hybrid work, and a return to the office. In this section, we’ll give a bit more context for some of the notable companies’ plans to return to the office.

See Also: Return To Office: 14 Timely Questions Answered

Alphabet’s (Google’s) Return To Office

  • Return-to-office date: April 4, 2022
  • Remote work policy: Remote-first/hybrid

In March of 2022, Alphabet announced employees should return to some of its office for three days per week starting on April 4, 2022.

On August 3, 2021, Alphabet officially announced its new stance on remote work: “Alphabet Inc.’s Google approved 85% of employee requests to work remotely or relocate once its offices fully re-open, the company told staff Tuesday.

See the complete picture of Google’s return to office plan.

 

Apple’s Return To Office

  • Return-to-office date: April 11, 2022 (return for one day per week), September 5, 2022 (return for three days per week)
  • Remote work policy: Hybrid/Partial

In March 2022, Apple announced it would start the roll-out of a new hybrid work model starting April 11 and completing May 23.

In May 2022, Apple announced it indefinitely delayed its plan to have employees come in for three days per week.

On June 4, 2021, CEO Tim Cook wrote in a letter to employees that “Apple will have employees return to office buildings three days a week, with the option to work remotely twice a week, beginning in September, the Verge reports.”

In a letter to management, Apple employees pushed for more flexibility.

See the complete picture of Apple’s return to the office.

 

Meta’s (Facebook’s) Return To Office

  • Return-to-office date: March 28, 2022
  • Remote work policy: Hybrid

On January 11, 2022, Meta delayed its return-to-office date from January 31, 2022 to March 28, 2022.

On August 17, 2021, it was announced that “Facebook will allow all employees who can work outside the office, that is, from home, to do so after the coronavirus pandemic will end.” Prior to that, CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that “half of the company’s 60,000 employees could be working from home within a decade.”

See the complete picture of Facebook’s return to the office.

 

Microsoft’s Return To Office

  • Return-to-office date: February 28, 2022
  • Remote work policy: Optional

On February 15, 2022, Microsoft announced its offices in Washington state and California would return to the office by February 28, 2022.

“Microsoft will still allow some leeway for workers, and not all employees will return to the office full time. Employees can ask their managers to approve requests to adjust their work site, location, or hours.”

On October 9, 2020, Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s chief people officer, said in a note to employees: “We will offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual workstyles, while balancing business needs, and ensuring we live our culture.”

See the complete picture of Microsoft’s return to office plans.

 

Amazon’s Return To Office

  • Return-to-office date:Cancelled (No Official Return)
  • Remote work policy: Hybrid

On October 11, 2021, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said the company would no longer require corporate workers to return to the office. This change in policy came after setting two prior return-to-office dates for late 2021 and early 2022.

A Business Insider stated, “Before this week’s announcement, Amazon was planning to require corporate and tech workers to be in the office at least three days per week starting in January 2022, unless given special permission by their manager. The original plan had been to return in September.”

See the complete picture of Amazon’s return to office plans.

 

Morgan Stanley’s Return To Office

  • Return-to-office date:July 1, 2022
  • Remote work policy: Office-First

Fox Business, December 16, 2021: “Morgan Stanley’s New York area brokers are being encouraged to work remotely until January 3rd, per a memo that was sent out by management on Wednesday evening.”

However, more than half of Morgan Stanley employees have been back at the firm’s New York headquarters, Gorman said. “If you can go to a restaurant, you can come into the office. And we want you in the office,” Gorman said.

On July 1, 2022, Morgan Stanley said it will limit most of its sales staff to 90 days of remote work per year.

See the complete picture of Morgan Stanley’s return to office plans.

 

Bank Of America’s Return To Office

  • Return-to-office date: June 1, 2022
  • Remote work policy: Office-first

“Bank of America told staff earlier this week that it plans to bring workers back to offices by June 1, including those who are not vaccinated. Staff will return in a series of stages, although workers have already begun returning to offices in some cities.”

See the complete picture of Bank of America’s return to office plans.

 

Goldman Sachs’s Return To Office

  • Return-to-office date: February 1, 2022
  • Remote work policy: Office-first

Goldman Sachs called employees back to the office on February 1, 2022.

Prior to that, Goldman had four planned return-to-office dates that were all postponed: June 2021, September 2021, and two dates in January 2022.

See the complete picture of Goldman Sachs’s return to office plans.

 

JPMorgan Chase’s Return To Office

  • Return-to-office date: February 1, 2022
  • Remote work policy: Hybrid

According to CNN, JPMorgan shared it is “not changing our long-term plans of working in the office. We expect everyone to return to their in-office schedule no later than February 1, 2022.

As far as a stance on remote work, CEO Jamie Dimon said, “We want people back to work,” although he meant the office, not work. “And everyone is going to be happy with it, and yes, the commute, you know people don’t like commuting, but so what.

UPDATE, April 4, 2022: “It’s clear that working from home will become more permanent in American business,” Dimon acknowledged in his annual shareholder letter Monday. “Approximately 40 percent will be able to embrace a hybrid work model, coming into the office a few days a week.”

See the complete picture of JPMorgan Chase’s return to office plans.

 

Wells Fargo’s Return To Office

  • Return-to-office date: March 14, 2022
  • Remote work policy: Hybrid

In mid-February, Wells Fargo announced it expected employees to return to the office on March 14, 2022 under a hybrid working model.

See the complete picture of Wells Fargo’s return to office plans.

 

 

Notable Companies That Are Cancelling Office Leases

Some companies are downsizing outright canceling office space. Here is a list of some notable Fortune 100 companies doing just that.

  • Geico (California, state wide)
  • Amazon (Bellevue, Washington)
  • JPMorgan Chase (New York City, New York)
  • Wells Fargo (New York City, New York)
  • Citigroup (San Francisco, California)
  • Target (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Oracle (San Francisco, California)
  • State Farm (country wide)
  • AT&T (San Ramon, California)
  • Nationwide (country wide)

See the full list of companies reducing office space.

 

The Hub For Return To Office (RTO) News & Data

RTO news by company: Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, Bank Of America, > Goldman SachsJP Morgan Chase, Meta (Facebook), Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo

RTO news by city: San Francisco, New York City

 

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