Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman of Facebook, speaks on the second day of the 56th Munich Security Conference. The fight against propaganda campaigns and other attempts at manipulation costs Facebook billions every year.
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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday that the company will allow all full-time employees to work from home if their jobs can be done remotely.
This is a change from the plans Facebook announced in May 2020 when the company said it would allow certain employees, especially the most senior and experienced employees, to request permanent remote work.
Zuckerberg made the new announcement in a memo to employees setting out the company’s plans for a hybrid office and remote facility.
“We learned over the past year that good work can be done anywhere, and I’m even more optimistic that large-scale remote work is possible, especially as remote video presence and virtual reality continue to improve,” wrote Zuckerberg.
The roles that cannot be performed remotely usually include those working on hardware devices or in Facebook’s data center configurations.
Zuckerberg also said Facebook will allow employees to request remote work across international borders. After next Tuesday, the company will allow US employees to apply for remote work in Canada and Europe, to apply for remote work in the UK, a Facebook spokesman said. In January 2022, the company will enable its employees to move permanently between seven countries in Europe.
Facebook, which employs around 60,000 people, plans to reopen most of its US offices with 50% capacity by early September and is expected to fully reopen in October, the spokesman said.
Zuckerberg said employees wishing to work in an office are asked to come at least half the time. This is to ensure that the office stays alive and that the employees who come into the office make the most of being part of this community.
He also said Facebook plans to organize regular face-to-face meetings for office and remote workers “to help build relationships.”