Facebook employees to work from home until July 2021

Marco Green
November 24, 2020

Last month, Amazon - Seattle's largest tech employer - said it was extending its work from home policy for employees through january 8, 2021.

Facebook has had almost all of its roughly 48,000 employees working remotely since the initial wave of stay-at-home orders back in March, and it previously announced that it would have employees work remotely through the end of 2020.

These move comes as the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic continues to rage in certain countries, after most of the world entered a global lockdown in March this year.

Facebook's statement to prolong the WFH allowance follows a similar Google decision.

Nearly all of its 48,000 staff have been working from home since March when Facebook told staff not to return to the office due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Based on guidance from health and government experts, as well as decisions are drawn from our internal discussions about these matters, we are allowing employees to continue voluntarily working from home until July 2021, " Facebook spokesperson Neneca Norville said. "I think that it's possible that over the next five to 10 years - maybe closer to 10 than five, but somewhere in that range - I think we could get to about half of the company working remotely permanently", Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had told The Verge in an interview. Twitter too had offered indefinite work from home to some of its employees. Some people thought that everything was just going to fall apart, and it hasn't. "And a lot of people are actually saying that they're more productive now".

Recently, leased all the office space at the landmark Farley Building, a 1912 Beaux-Arts former post office in Manhattan. A month prior to that report, Facebook inked a lease for a 200,000 square foot space in Bellevue's Spring District, adding to the 338,000 square foot building it had leased in the development.

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