Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Will Let Some Employees Work From Home Permanently

Marco Green
August 10, 2020

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, says the company will allow many of its employees to work from home permanently - a move that highlights how the novel coronavirus pandemic has forced companies to embrace remote work.

Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2019. "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".

Approximately 95% of Facebook's workforce are now doing their jobs remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, and employees have previously been told they can work from their home for the rest of of they year if they can do so productively, Mr. In an attempt to stop misinformation trolls, at the end of 2019 Facebook removed multiple accounts from its platform, including "50 Instagram accounts and one account on Facebook that originated in Russian Federation and focused primarily on the US".

Several tech firms have since announced that they will allow employees to permanently work remotely after the pandemic, including both Twitter and Square, among others.

Finally, Zuckerberg said, as many as half of Facebook workers could be working remotely.

Spotify and Shopify made their own "we're going flexible" statements yesterday, too.

According to Zuck, an internal company survey found that 40 per cent of Facebook's employees were interested in working remotely indefinitely.

"We'll localize everybody's comp on January 1", he said. Collaboration, spontaneity, face-to-face interactions that are not on a scheduled call - they all look different when people work alone from home. "That's a much more sensitive topic", said Zuckerberg. In a way, this will help Facebook with employee retention and improve the diversity of its workforce, while giving more economic opportunities than before.

There is also a potential environmental benefit, Zuckerberg said, pointing out that pollution and emissions have dipped as people have stopped traveling. Zuckerberg believes a change like this could impact some of what he calls "the softer stuff", like social connections, group brainstorming and creativity.

Such a change could also amount to a rejection of the notion that creative work demands university-like corporate campuses, with free food, ping pong tables, and open office plans created to encourage unplanned interactions. Those elements of work cultures will undoubtedly be affected.

"We're going to be the most forward-leaning company on remote work at our scale", said Zuckerberg, according to Verge.

Facebook has been expanding its sprawling headquarters for years, and has other plans to expand East across the San Francisco Bay to Fremont.

There are also some works _ in the case of Facebook, the most hard content review dealing with suicides, child abuse and other traumatizing material; sales; construction, updating and maintenance of data centers; lawyers who have to be in court and so on, that can't be done remotely. The company had planned to start moving employees into the space this year.

"Even with social distancing, we think that the offices are going to be at about 25 percent density", he said. "That's not really the approach", Zuckerberg explained.

"I do think I'll plan to spend more of my time remotely over time", the CEO said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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