Zuckerberg says Facebook staff can work from anywhere - for a price

Marco Green
May 22, 2020

"I think we're going to be the most forward-leaning company on remote work, at our scale for sure", Zuckerberg said.

"These aren't necessarily offices", Zuckerberg said, although the company would probably create "some kind of physical space" to accompany them.

Workplace from Facebook, the tech giant's communication offering for companies and employees, has more than five million paid users, up from three million in October previous year.

Zuckerberg said that in a company survey, of the people who said they would want to work remotely full time, about 45% were "pretty confident" that they would move to another place if they had that opportunity, with an additional 30% saying they "might" move. "We already announced that people can remote work through the end of 2020 if they want". As per Zuckerberg, because of this new work culture, the company will be able to access a wider talent pool as the geographical constraint no longer exists.

Zuckerberg sounded pretty sure in an interview with the BBC that the upcoming USA election will see attempts at interference, but said his company has learned a lot over the past four years, after an alleged army of Russian trolls was suspected of coordinated action on Facebook against Democratic Party candidate Hilary Clinton.

"Since so much of what we build is around helping people feel connected no matter where they are - like our messaging apps, video chat and eventually virtual and augmented reality - living our values will help us accelerate the development of these technologies", noted Mr Zuckerberg.

Facebook has almost 50,000 employees worldwide. "We need to do this in a way that's thoughtful and responsible, so we're going to do this in a measured way". This is applicable in not only hiring but also in retaining some employees who just had to quit as they were relocating, he added. "So, that just means that we're going to have a lot of people who want to go back to the offices but aren't going to be able to". Both Twitter and now Shopify have also chose to let some employees work remotely on a permanent-basis.

Currently, the majority of Facebook employees are alraedy working remotely.

More than 95% of Facebook's staff are now working from home due to Covid-19 and will be able to keep their current salary until January 1 in the U.S., after which employees will need to declare their location so that it can be adjusted.

To help small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the social media giant has also rolled out an e-commerce platform Shops.

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