Zoom opens London ‘engagement hub’ as staff return to office

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Video conferencing giant Zoom has opened a new workspace in London as the company encourages staff to return to in-person work.

The new Holborn office, described by the company as an “engagement hub”, will allow the more than 200 UK-based staff to follow the recent call from executives to return to a hybrid work model wherein employees work in the office several days in the week.

Zoom’s popularity and share price soared during the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced employees to work from home under lockdown restrictions.

Despite the company’s success receiving a large boost from people working from home, the company has decided in-person employees, at least part of the week, is the best approach for itself.

“The world of modern work has changed. Both employers and employees have experienced the benefits of a more flexible approach to work and want to use technologies like Zoom to maintain them,” said Phil Perry, head of UK & Ireland at Zoom.

“The organisations that best adapt to these changes and optimise the benefits of technology and flexible working, while maximising the times that teams spend face to face, will be those that succeed commercially in the race for the best talent. And it’s no different here at Zoom.”

Zoom has described its new London space as a shift from traditional offices to an “experiential working hub” that is fitted with Zoom’s video call technology throughout.

Among the features listed by the company that represent its new style of workspace are “library-style benches”, “agile tables” and “touchdown spaces”, which are small booths dotted around the building.