Robert Iger shakes things up after returning to Disney as CEO. In addition to staff changes and restructuring of some key departments, he recently issued an internal memo stating that starting March 1, hybrid employees must return to the Disney company for at least four days a week.
Yahoo Finance Reports Iger wrote that he had “met teams from all over the company over the past few months.” During that time, Iger said he was “reminded of the immense value of being with the people you work with.” The memo continued:
“As you’ve heard me say many times, creativity is the heart and soul of who we are and what we do at Disney. And in a creative company like ours, nothing can replace the ability to connect, observe and creating with colleagues that comes from being together physically, nor the opportunity to grow professionally through learning from leaders and mentors,” the memo continued. “It is my belief that more personal collaboration will benefit the creativity, culture and career of our employees.”
Iger has brushed off the changes made by predecessor Bob Chapek. He revamped Chapek’s pet project, the Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED) division, and expressed his disapproval of Chapek’s prices being raised at Disney World and Disneyland.
In his return-to-office email, Iger ended on a positive note, writing, “As we enter a new year, Disney’s historic 100th anniversary, and all the opportunities ahead, we have so many reasons to be excited about the future. certainly a moment of tremendous change – for our company, for our industry and for the global economy – but despite the challenges, I remain fundamentally an optimist.”