The Fun Is Over: Walmart Closes Office Locations, Ends Remote Work for Tech Staff

The tech sector expansion is no more: thanks to a looming recession, major US companies are cutting employee count, shuttering offices, and putting an end to remote work flexibility.

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) is the latest company to curtail its pandemic expansion, and will be shuttering several of its US-based tech hubs whilst requiring remote workers to return to the office. In a statement seen by the Wall Street Journal circulated to staff from Walmart global chief technology officer Suresh Kumar, workers in Austin, Texas, Carlsbad, California, and Portland, Oregon will have the option to either relocate to Walmart’s other primary offices or become full-time remote employees. Those who choose to do neither will be offered severance pay.

The closures are part of Walmart’s effort to focus its tech team’s presence within select locations, according to a company spokesperson. The decision reflects a trend among large technology companies toward in-person work and central offices, following initial support for remote work earlier in the pandemic. Kumar also announced in the memo that the retail firm’s global technology workers will need to be present in-office at least twice per week.

So far, Walmart’s Bentonville corporate headquarters are already requiring workers to be in-person five days a week since last year, marking a sharp pivot from Kumar’s previous assertions of making “virtual work the new normal for Global Technology.”

The move comes as rival Amazon and other large technology firms including Google axe thousands of jobs in response to the rapid economic slowdown and aggressive monetary policy.

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