Fortune 500 CEOs are spending at least 4 days in the office. Many want workers back that often, too

May 22, 2023, 6:26 AM UTC

Good morning.

In the great debate over the return to the office, Fortune 500 CEOs have clearly picked their side. Our new poll shows that 87% of them are now spending four days or more in the office each week.

And their expectations for workers are not far behind. Asked about their policy for in-office work in the coming year, 34% said they expected office workers to be in the office four or more days a week, and 40% said they expect them in three days a week. Only 15% of Fortune 500 CEOs either expect their office workers in two or fewer days each week, or are not requiring them to come to the office on a regular basis.

And when asked to name the other CEO in the Fortune 500 who they admire most, No. 1 on their list was Jamie Dimon—who has been clear, again and again, about his desire to see workers in the office on a regular basis. No. 2 was Satya Nadella of Microsoft and No. 3 was Tim Cook of Apple. Repeat mentions also went to Doug McMillon of Walmart and Marc Benioff of Salesforce.

Asked to name the Fortune 500 stock they would be most likely to invest in, the CEOs mentioned Apple most, Microsoft second, and Eli Lilly third.

More news below.

Alan Murray


Micron sales

On Sunday, Beijing banned operators of key infrastructure—a broad category including banks and water suppliersfrom buying products from U.S. chipmaker Micron Technology, alleging “relatively serious” cybersecurity risks. Chinese regulators ordered a review of Micron earlier this year, which several analysts viewed as retaliation for the Biden administration’s rules barring sales of advanced chips to Chinese companies. Bloomberg

Uber DEI

The New York Times reports that ride-hailing company Uber placed its head of diversity, equity and inclusion on leave last week after employees complained about an event designed to discuss the experiences of white women. Black and Hispanic workers said the session, titled “Don’t Call Me Karen,” felt more like a lecture, and claimed executives were dismissive of their concerns. 

14th amendment

U.S. President Joe Biden believes he could unilaterally allow the U.S. to continue borrowing past its debt limit, though he worries it might be too late to invoke this power before a potential default in early June. The president cited the U.S. Constitution’s 14th amendment, which states the “validity” of U.S. public debt “shall not be questioned,” in comments to reporters on Sunday. Biden and Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy will meet Monday for further negotiations over the debt ceiling. Axios


New York Road Runners CEO’s mental health push aims to lure new athletes—and could help with inclusiveness by Phil Wahba 

The high-stakes debt ceiling fight could be a $12 trillion blow to the American economy: Here are 3 disasters a default would trigger by Alicia Adamczyk

Gen Z and millennials say social media is pressuring them to buy what they can’t afford, and it’s sending them into an anxiety spiral by Jane Thier

The 34-year-old CEO of P.F. Chang’s wakes up at 4 a.m. and runs 8 miles every day. Here’s the Wall Street wunderkind’s daily routine by Payton Kirol

OnlyFans’ 37-year-old female CEO doesn’t really want to talk about porn by Alexandra Sternlicht

Fannie Mae: The housing market recession isn’t over—and soon it’ll spur a ‘mild’ U.S. recession by Lance Lambert

Elon Musk gets blowback from Taiwan after saying there’s a ‘certain inevitability’ China will integrate it by Steve Mollman

Apple, Goldman Sachs, and Samsung among growing list of companies banning employees from using ChatGPT at work by Paige McGlauflin

This edition of CEO Daily was curated by Nicholas Gordon. 

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