Facebook Wants Remote Working to Become Permanent

Facebook Wants Remote Working to Become Permanent

In a staff meeting which was live-streamed on Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page, Mark said that the temporary changes caused by the COVID transmission has led the company to re-evaluate its requirement that employees work in a shared office.

Facebook, which has almost 45,000 employees, is searching five to 10 years down the road as it plans more remote work, even when COVID-19 is no longer a threat requiring most of its employees to work from home.

With Facebook's fostering of irreversible remote service Thursday, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has actually untethered one of Silicon Valley's most significant firms from the area that nurtured it.

While there is no specific goal for how many employees will work from home in the long-term, Zuckerberg says a survey of employees shows that it will become more of a reality going forward.

Zuckerberg's announcement comes after Twitter told most employees they could work from home indefinitely and Shopify offered employees a similar option.

Meanwhile, 75% of workers say they would move to a different city if they had the opportunity to work remotely. Facebook is giving employees until January 1, 2021 to notify the company of where they are living now so it can adjust salaries and tax requirements accordingly.

But the new employees, some of whom will be interviewed only online, will join the company in a moment of turmoil and uncertainty as to when it will return to normal. "If you're experienced, if you're at a certain level within the company, if you have good performance ratings, if you're on a team that's going to support remote work, and if you get approval, then you'll be able to know now that you'll be a permanent remote worker".

"I do think I'll plan to spend more of my time remotely over time", the CEO said. Facebook will reportedly allow existing employees to request permanent remote work if they meet a specific criteria.

Facebook has more than 40,000 employees. They have until 1 January to tell the company where they are living which may result in a pay cut. Zuckerberg said the company is likely to keep most of its workers working remotely for much longer, although others are likely to prefer working at a company office.

For now, workers at Facebook, Google, Twitter, and elsewhere can work remotely until 2020.

At the present pandemic condition all the possible companies are shifted to Work from Home strategy for safety purposes.

Miranda Kalinowski, vice president of global recruiting, revealed the company would start active recruitment of remote talent by early July. "It is learning the culture and rhythms of interacting with colleagues via video conference and doing your work remotely", he said, speaking not only of Microsoft but of workplaces in general. "That is getting so much better so quickly that I don't think I'm going to be commuting almost as frequently as I was before".

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