In the Next Decade 50% of Facebook May Work Remotely

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Facebook has announced a plan that will take half of its 45,000 person workforce out of the office.

Mark Zuckerberg has announced plans for most of Facebook’s employees to work from home permanently, even after coronavirus restrictions have been lifted. Zuckerberg detailed the plans in a livestream with employees earlier this week, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

The plan would allow senior engineers to begin remote work first. Recruits for the company would be given the option of whether or not to work remotely, and current engineering employees would be able to apply for the same working conditions if they have strong performance reviews. Eventually, these plans would extend beyond the engineering department.

Mark Zuckerberg said that new grads would be required to work in the office for some time, though, although he was uncertain of exactly how long.

In an interview, Zuckerberg claimed that as much as half of Facebook’s employees could be working remotely within 10 years. Currently, the company staffs 45,000.

“This is about how we do better work and attract the people we need to do the best work we can,” Zuckerberg said. 

The reasoning behind a slow shift to remote workspaces, according to Zuckerberg, is that it would require new techniques and tools that the company needs time to prepare for. However, he feels confident in Facebook’s ability to make the switch due to the company’s focus on technology and the success they had with remote working during the pandemic.

“I think we’re going to be the most forward-leaning company on remote work at our scale, for sure,” said Zuckerberg.

CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey also told employees that they could be working remotely indefinitely, with many other companies following similar plans. Some companies, though, are interested in getting their workers back in the office.

Elon Musk recently debated with local authorities about reopening Tesla’s manufacturing plant near San Francisco. Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snap, claims that working from home for some may be miserable.

Snap executives have begun planning to get employees who want to return to work to do so, while also allowing those who may have limiting circumstances the option to remain working from home.

Zuckerberg has also planned to allow workers who want to work remotely to continue to do so throughout the rest of the year, at least.

Some Facebook employees are also hesitant about working from home long-term, with more than half saying in a survey that they “really want to get back to the office as soon as possible.”

Working remotely would allow for a more diversified workforce, though, according to Zuckerberg who said, “I think just more perspective would be helpful.” He also claimed that these new perspectives could help protect against assumptions of “how large percentages of the world will react or think about something.”

Zuckerberg also stated that location of employees would still affect employee compensation.

“If you live in a place where the cost of living is dramatically lower, then salaries do tend to be somewhat lower,” he said. Those who mislead the company as to their location could face severe penalties, according to the tech CEO.

Another challenge that would need to be managed would be collaboration and creativity aspects that an in-person workplace tends to foster. Technology tools would need to develop a bit beyond what they are now in order to successfully manage these aspects outside of an office setting.

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