FB announced that the office will be fully opened in October, and most employees can apply for full-time telecommuting


Tencent technology news on June 10, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday that the company will allow all full-time employees to choose to work from home, provided their work can be done remotely. This is different from Facebook’s plan announced in May 2020, when the company said it would allow some employees, especially the most senior and experienced, to work permanently remotely.
Zuckerberg made the announcement in a memo to employees that outlined the company’s plans for mixed office and telecommuting. “Over the past year, we’ve learned that good work can be done anywhere, and I’m optimistic about the future of large-scale telecommuting, especially with the continuous improvement of remote video presentation and virtual reality,” Zuckerberg wrote
Zuckerberg said the company would expand telework qualifications to all levels of the company, including early career employees and entry-level engineers. Employees are expected to be required to spend at least half of their time in the office for jobs that cannot be done remotely, such as hardware devices or Facebook data centers. Facebook plans to organize regular face-to-face meetings for office and telecommuters “to support building strong relationships.”.
Zuckerberg also said Facebook would begin to allow employees to make requests for cross-border telecommuting. After next Tuesday, the company will allow U.S. employees to apply for telecommuting in Canada and European employees to apply for telecommuting in the UK, a Facebook spokesman said. In January 2022, the company will allow employees to move permanently between seven European countries.
Facebook plans to reopen most of its U.S. offices in early September and possibly fully in October, the spokesman said. Facebook employs about 60000 people.
In a separate memo to employees, Zuckerberg said he personally plans to work remotely for half of next year. “I found that telecommuting gave me more long-term thinking space and helped me spend more time with my family, which made me happier and more efficient at work,” he wrote on Wednesday
Facebook’s renewal comes as Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are finalizing plans to reopen their offices, many of which include a combination of telecommuting and in office work. In many industries, novel coronavirus pneumonia is providing more flexibility for employees than before the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia. This is especially true in Silicon Valley, where during the outbreak, many technology companies saw employees move from the San Francisco Bay area to lower cost locations.
Google said the company would move to mixed work, with most employees working in the office three days a week, while some employees would be allowed to work permanently at home or move to offices in different locations. Apple recently said it would like most employees to work on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the option of working remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Other companies don’t force employees back to the office at all. Spotify adopted a “work anywhere, anytime” model in February, allowing employees to choose whether to go back to the office, work at home, or both. Salesforce.com, a commercial software provider, has told employees that they can choose to work from home at least until the end of the year, even if the company reopens its offices. Brent Hyder, chief personnel officer at salesforce, said earlier this year: “the nine to five working system is a thing of the past.”
But unlike apple, Facebook chooses not to specify a specific date when employees go to work in the office, because the way teams work across the company can be very different. Instead, Brynn Harrington, the company’s vice president for staff growth, said it would let individual teams decide their own return plans. “If you think about setting the number of days, it’s hard to do that at the company level and relate it to the work itself,” she said. Each team needs something different. ”
Zuckerberg had previously said he expected as many as half of Facebook’s employees to work from home within 10 years. In a memo on Wednesday, he said the company needs to adjust to accept both office work and telecommuting, “and it will take years to do it well.”. For example, the company plans to conduct regular surveys of its employees, asking them to assess the strength of their interpersonal relationships within the company and whether they can cooperate effectively. Zuckerberg also said Facebook is creating an internal advisory board to represent the needs of remote employees.
Despite Facebook’s acceptance of more decentralized work, Harrington said the company wants the office to remain a place to build relationships and collaborate. She said employees had to get permission from their managers and eventually from the company’s vice president to work remotely. Some roles, such as a company’s data center or hardware lab, don’t work in a virtual environment. Other individual situations or the needs of a specific team may not support teleworking.
Although Harrington declined to say how many employees have chosen telecommuting so far, she said Facebook has approved about 90% of the telecommuting requests it receives. Many of the people who ask for this arrangement do so because they are moving to a new city, away from the office, she said. Facebook has previously told employees that the location of work affects pay, which could reduce the wages of those who move to low-cost areas.
Facebook also reserved the possibility of further changes in its workplace plans for next year, with the company’s guidance on how to use its offices for non remote employees continuing until June 2022. “The reason is that there are many unknowns, and we know we haven’t found all the answers yet,” Harrington said´╝ł Tencent technology reviser / Jinlu)