Nike’s new back-to-office plan coincides with the brand’s 50th anniversary

  • Nike this week announced a “phased return” to US offices, with most workers expected to return by May 3.
  • In December, the company delayed the return to its offices indefinitely.
  • The new return date coincides with the brand’s 50th anniversary in May.

Most Nike employees will return to the company’s US offices in time to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary.

The sportswear giant sent an email to employees on Wednesday outlining the company’s new “gradual return” to its offices. A copy of the email was reviewed by Insider.

“The gradual return kicks into high gear on May 3 – thankfully coinciding with our 50th anniversary! – when the 3/2 flexible hybrid working approach is launched,” human resources director Monique Matheson wrote in the E-mail.

Like many big companies, Nike has repeatedly changed its return-to-office plans. In December, the company delayed its return to the office indefinitely following employee criticism and a spike in COVID-19 cases due to Omicron.

That month, an internal email showed that only 54% of employees thought Nike’s return-to-work plan offered them enough flexibility. Several employees said the forced return to the office would hamper the company’s recruiting efforts, especially among high-demand tech workers.

The popularity of the current back-to-office plan with workers remains uncertain, but Nike is moving forward.

“Now, with cautious optimism, I am excited to share a new approach and timeline for returning to our US offices,” Matheson wrote in the email.

On Monday, April 4, the company will begin a “transition month” back in the office, according to the email. Nike did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.

From May 3, most Nike employees will be required to be in the office three days a week, with the option to work remotely the other two days. Nike also continues to “pilot” a full-time remote schedule with some workers.

“We used to set a return date – now we’re staggering our return over the next few months to give you the time, space and flexibility you need to plan and prepare,” Matheson wrote.

Matheson wrote in this week’s email that Nike will continue to “embrace flexibility.”

“We are evaluating additional flexible work options and wellness initiatives, and expect to have good news to share on this front in the coming months,” she wrote.

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