Drew Houston, the CEO of Dropbox, recently had an interview with Fortune where he discussed the return-to-office (RTO) policy for employees. Many major technology companies, including Apple, Meta, Google, and even Zoom, are allowing their employees to come back to the office more frequently.
Houston believes that employees should have options and should not be seen as resources that organizations need to control. For Dropbox, their policy shifted to a “Virtual First” approach since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This approach encourages employees to work from home, reducing office space and reallocating the saved funds as necessary resources for employees to work effectively from home. The current direction is for employees to work remotely up to 90% of the time, with designated office days for important meetings and social gatherings. Houston envisions this as the future of work.
It’s worth noting that Dropbox has already lifted their employees’ presence in the office twice since the pandemic in 2021 and 2023. The most recent occasion was mentioned as a way to shift their focus more towards being an AI company.
TLDR: Dropbox CEO, Drew Houston, discussed the RTO policy in an interview with Fortune. Major tech companies are allowing employees to return to the office more frequently. Houston believes employees should have options and not be controlled. Dropbox’s “Virtual First” approach encourages remote work with designated office days for important events. The company has lifted employees’ presence in the office twice during the pandemic and is focusing more on AI.