Walmart will shut down three US technology hubs and mandate hundreds of staffers to relocate or else would risk losing their jobs.

The retail giant also plans to require all technology employees to work offline at least twice a week.

It will close offices in Austin in Texas, Carlsbad in California, and Portland in Oregon, which house technology staff.

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Walmart will cover the relocation costs for workers in those locations when moving to offices like San Bruno, California, or its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

A spokeswoman said the firm expects to transfer most of the employees, while some will still work remotely full-time.

She added that those who quit would be offered severance pay.

The spokeswoman said: “We’ve made the decision to focus our tech team’s presence within select locations.”

Rival Amazon and other big tech firms have recently revealed moves to lay off thousands of employees.

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Most of Walmart’s global tech employees will be required to be at their assigned office for at least two days a week.

Since last year, many employees at Walmart’s corporate headquarters have been required to work in-person five days a week.

The move shows that, even for tech firms that favored remote work earlier in the pandemic, in-person work and central offices will have a role in the future.

Activision Blizzard, Walt Disney, and Vanguard Group have all taken steps to bring back workers.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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