- TikTok is urging employees to return to their assigned offices, The Information reported Monday.
- The company threatens employees who do not exercise with possible disciplinary action.
- The move is part of TikTok’s broader crackdown on remote work.
The big techs’ remote work crusade is gaining momentum.
Earlier this month, short-form video app TikTok sent a stern warning to a group of US employees whose home address didn’t match their office address.
TikTok told employees they could face disciplinary action — or even risk losing their jobs — unless they can prove proximity to their assigned office location, according to The Information, which first published the news on Monday Based on a message reportedly sent via TikTok’s internal software Lark.
The internal message told employees who had already returned to their designated office locations that they needed to update their home address immediately to avoid disciplinary action, The Information said.
The warning is just the latest in a series of steps TikTok has taken in recent months to curb remote work. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company announced last July that employees will need to come into the office at least twice a week starting in August. TikTok subsequently reset that date to January 1, according to The Information.
Over the past year, companies from Twitter to Apple have also rolled back their pandemic-era remote work allowances.
Since Elon Musk took the helm of Twitter in October, he has repeatedly urged employees to return to the office.
In August 2022, senior Apple executives told workers they had to return to the office at least three days a week.
In early March 2022, Google asked employees in certain locations to come into the office three days a week starting in April, according to an internal memo from Insider. By the end of March 2022, Uber had told its employees that they would need to be in the office “at least half the time” starting in April, Insider reported based on an internal memo.
While many of these companies are now severely cutting their workforce, TikTok has yet to announce mass layoffs. However, the Chinese video giant is facing mounting security concerns as more US companies have started banning TikTok.
In December 2022, the Senate voted to ban TikTok on government devices, and nearly 30 states have now introduced partial or total bans. Universities are also taking steps to ban the platform.
TikTok didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.