Activision Blizzard has overturned the decision Employees are no longer required to provide proof of vaccinations as part of their return-to-office plans. The company announced its initial plans to employees on Thursday, according to employee tweets. Reporting by Jason Schreier For Bloomberg.
Jessica Gonzalez, founding organizer of Better ABK employee advocacy group, shared the original email To employees who announced the end of vaccination certification requirements on Twitter.
In an email, Activision Blizzard CEO Brian Bulatao attributed the decision to improving COVID numbers and similar moves by other unnamed businesses. Blatao concludes by asserting “the benefits of face-to-face cooperation.”
The response from Activision Blizzard employees was swift and largely negative.The situation surrounding Covid-19 remains fluid, with sub-variants and potential outbreaks has threatened With cases in the U.S. now down, such a move is a potential safety hazard for employees as they are encouraged to return to work in the office.
A group of ABK employees will go on strike Monday, April 4 at 10 a.m. PDT as a new RTO policy no longer mandates vaccinations for the ongoing pandemic. We have 3 requirements:April 1, 2022
better ABK threatened to strike On Monday, April 4, Blatau sent another email overturning the decision and leaving the vaccination requirements to the various offices.
It’s yet another outburst between Activision Blizzard’s leadership and its own employees, and the ongoing sexual harassment scandal has informed these developments. In addition, the broader debate behind big companies’ plans to return to work looms behind the granular question of proof of vaccination.
In the age of the pandemic, the gaming industry has seen many delays, and companies across the economy are experiencing the growing pains of working from home. However, many employees are already aware of the comfort and work-life balance possibilities that this shift brings, especially as remote management practices become more refined.
At the same time, leaders at many companies are eager to return to a more traditional work environment, citing issues of efficiency and workplace culture as well as less emphasized motivations, such as long-term leases or investments in office space, and easier monitoring of employees.