Walmart’s corporate employees will begin to return to the company’s Arkansas headquarters and other offices across the United States in early November, according to a company-wide memo obtained by CNBC.
In a memo to employees on Friday, the retail giant said workers will “transition to working together in our campus offices on a more regular basis” starting the week of Nov. 8.
“We are a company whose success is attributed to our people,” said Walmart’s Chief People Officer Donna Morris in the message. “While technology has enabled us to succeed while working virtually throughout the pandemic, there is no substitution for being in the offices together—it helps shape our culture, collaborate, innovate, build relationships and move faster.”
Walmart is the U.S.’ largest private employer with nearly 1.6 million workers. Most of those employees work in stores and warehouses across the country that have stayed open throughout the pandemic. The company is requiring corporate workers to get vaccinated, but has thus far stopped short of requiring them for its entire staff.