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Roblox CEO Proposes Employees to Return to Office or Take Severance Package

David Baszucki explained that it's all for the sake of creativity and new college graduates working at the company who may miss out on valuable learning experiences through social interactions.

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In a letter addressed to Roblox employees on October 17, the company's founder and CEO, David Baszucki, announced that those who do not wish to work at Roblox's physical office for a minimum of three days per week will be required to seek alternative employment. Baszucki specified that remote workers are given until mid-January to make a decision regarding their willingness to transition to in-office work, which would be scheduled from Tuesday through Thursday. He further assured that Roblox is prepared to cover relocation expenses, if necessary, to facilitate the transition for employees.

"Today we will be asking a number of our remote employees to begin working from our headquarters in San Mateo by next summer and transitioning away from remote work at Roblox. We did not make this decision lightly, as we understand that the decision to move is significant, both for our employees and for their families and loved ones. All remote employees will receive an email within the next hour with details about the impact of this decision on the location of their roles," wrote Baszucki in the "The Future of How We Work Together at Roblox" letter.

Roblox, renowned for its immersive virtual experiences platform, has recently unveiled its video chat feature and launched an in-Roblox career center. However, Roblox's CEO maintains that in-person interactions generate more spontaneous ideas and foster greater opportunities for action. Baszucki shared a significant experience during the company's first in-person gathering after the quarantine period, where he engaged in three separate conversations that resulted in actionable tasks, highlighting the value of face-to-face communication.

"Roblox is an innovation company and we needed to get back to working in person. We were also concerned about many cohorts, such as our new college graduates and people early in their careers, who typically learn through social contact and would miss out on this mentorship. And of course, this requires the presence of senior employees to provide that mentorship," added Baszucki.

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Returning to office work will not be compulsory for all employees. Those in roles that require remote work, such as data center and call center positions, will be permitted to continue working remotely. Moreover, individuals possessing specialized skills or extensive institutional knowledge related to Roblox systems will have the option to opt for remote work as well.

In August, we reported that Google was also trying to bring workers back to the office, offering them to book a room at an on-campus hotel in Mountain View for just $99 a night, not everyone was excited about the idea.

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  • Anonymous user

    this is 100% stupid decision

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    Anonymous user

    ·8 months ago·

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