Hachette Book Group employees will begin their return to working from company offices this April, CEO Michael Pietsch has announced to staff. All fully vaccinated office-based staff will be required to work from the office two days a week, excepting facilities and warehouse workers and others whose positions require they work all hours on-site.

The rollout, by office, is as follows. The publisher's Berkeley, Calif., Boulder, Colo., Chapel Hill, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., and Toronto offices will begin expecting employees in office under the new hybrid model as of April 18. Its two New York offices will follow the next Monday, and its Boston and North Adams, Mass., offices the Monday after that. In-office days will be fixed. The program, the publisher said, is intended as a six-month pilot.

This is HBG's second attempt to return to office in a hybrid model under a six-month pilot plan, after the Delta and Omicron variants of Covid-19, and its first attempt since the publisher completed its acquisition of Workman Publishing last fall.