Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has recently announced a new remote-work policy that requires employees to work from the company’s offices three days a week starting in September. The updated policy will not affect existing workers who primarily work remotely. The company has started notifying employees about the new remote-work policy.
A Meta spokesperson stated, “We’re committed to distributed work, and we’re confident people can make a meaningful impact both from the office and at home. We’re also committed to continuously refining our model to foster the collaboration, relationships and culture necessary for employees to do their best work.”
Facebook’s Remote-Work Policy
Facebook had initially extended its remote-work policy to all full-time employees in June 2021. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, said that the company learned during the height of the Covid pandemic that “good work can get done anywhere, and I’m even more optimistic that remote work at scale is possible, particularly as remote video presence and virtual reality continue to improve.”
However, several companies like Amazon and Google parent Alphabet have been reversing course on previous remote-work plans and have called on their workers to return to physical offices at least three days a week. Zuckerberg hinted in March that he was going to update Meta’s policy when he said that the company conducted an internal analysis that showed engineers who work in-person “get more done.” According to Zuckerberg, “This analysis also shows that engineers earlier in their career perform better on average when they work in-person with teammates at least three days a week.”
In May, Meta conducted its last round of major layoffs as part of the company’s “year of efficiency,” which will result in around 21,000 employees losing their jobs. Remote work has been a point of debate for companies across the globe. While it has its advantages, remote work can also cause a lack of communication and collaboration among team members.
The new remote-work policy introduced by Meta will ensure that employees will have the best of both worlds, allowing for a more efficient workflow while also maintaining a healthy work-life balance. While some may argue that remote work is not as productive as in-person work, Meta believes that a combination of both is the key to success.