Facebook Announces Permanent Work from Home Option for Employees


Facebook, 95% of whose staff is now telecommuting, had recently announced that most of its employees would continue to work from home until the end of the year.

Due to pandemic concerns, about 95 percent of Facebook employees work remotely, and the company has told them they can continue to do their jobs that way through next year if desired. Many Facebook employees are working from home during the Chinese virus pandemic and questioning the need to live in the extremely costly San Francisco Bay area. Mark Zuckerberg said in a video Thursday that the company is going to make remote working permanent for many employees, and it aims to have half its workforce working from home in the next five to 10 years.

Zuckerberg also said the move is rather "thoughtful and responsible", but he is also looking forward to having half of the company's 48,000 staff in 70 offices worldwide to permanently work remotely within a decade.

Meanwhile, 75% of workers say they would move to a different city if they had the opportunity to work remotely. Amidst the heated debate on the pros and cons of working from home, Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern had suggested considering a four-day working week for employees. But there is no problem in hiring such people by working on the remote. "No employee will be required to come into the office and can choose to work from home through the end of the year".

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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. Another 20% were "somewhat" interested and the largest group wanted flexibility, with some remote and some in-office work. This includes seniority, high performance, and naturally being part of a team that supports remote work. They have until 1 January to tell the company where they are living which may result in a pay cut.

While Spotify's announcement is not quite as radical, it will still see the company's entire employee base work from home for at least the next seven months, suggesting the firm is well equipped to offer flexible arrangements on a permanent basis. "We're going to do it in a measured way over time". But the company's work-from-home flexibility has fit with the software giant's broader effort to capitalize on what CEO Satya Nadella calls a shift to "remote everything".

Miranda Kalinowski, vice president of global recruiting, revealed the company would start active recruitment of remote talent by early July. Facebook additionally utilizes its very own applications' to track staff member areas, according to CNBC, once utilizing the information to discover trainees that fell short to turn up for work. It is really important to take a long-term approach to how we think about remote work.