Article image Facebook to embrace remote work in post-pandemic shift


The company, one of Silicon Valley's biggest employers, is giving US staffers who are approved to work remotely until January 1, 2021 to update the company on where they plan to base themselves, at which point their salaries will be adjusted to reflect the local cost of living.

In an interview with the BBC, Facebook CEO answered questions about the company's anti-misinformation campaign, the Covid-19 pandemic, upcoming elections, and his near-total control over the world's largest online social network. "But we're going to do this in a way that is measured and thoughtful and responsible and in phases over time".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he expects half of the tech giant's 48,000 employees to be working remotely in the next five to 10 years as part of a major shift in how the company operates.

The company has been using a range of solutions to help its team members work from home, you can find out more details about this over at their website at the link below.

The company also sees benefits in hiring.

Launched by Mr. Zuckerberg in 2004, Facebook now employs close to 50,000 people working out of offices spanning several countries.

The ability to refocus recruiting efforts not necessarily based on geography could open the company to hire more diverse candidates and spread economic opportunities on national and global levels.

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It said it believed there were 120 fake Russian-backed pages which created 80,000 posts around the time of the campaign between Trump and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. "Because this is fundamentally about changing our culture and the way that we all are going to work long-term". A little more than 50% wanted to get back to the office as soon as possible.

About 95 per cent of Facebook employees work remotely due to pandemic concerns, and the company has told them they can continue to do their jobs that way through next year if desired.

Meanwhile, 30% of managers said they would definitely support fully remote teams, while 30% said they probably would and 10% indicated that they would not be willing to do so.

Existing employees will be offered the option of working remotely permanently if they meet certain criteria.

As of 2018, the median employee compensation at Facebook was more than $240,000 a year.

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