Facebook extends its work-from-home policy to most employees

Mark Zuckerberg, president of Facebook, speaks on the second day of the 56th Munich Security Conference. Fighting propaganda campaigns and other attempts at manipulation costs Facebook billions each year.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Wednesday that the company will allow all full-time employees to work from home if their work 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, particularly the most senior and experienced employees, to apply for permanent remote work.

Zuckerberg made the new announcement in a memo to employees outlining the company’s plans for a hybrid office and remote setup.

“We have learned over the past year that good work can be done anywhere, and I am even more optimistic that remote work at scale is possible, particularly as the presence of remote video and virtual reality continue to improve,” Zuckerberg wrote.

Roles that cannot be performed remotely generally include those that work on hardware devices or in Facebook’s data center setups.

Zuckerberg also said that Facebook will begin allowing employees to apply for remote work across international borders. After next Tuesday, the company will allow US employees to apply for remote work in Canada and those in Europe to apply for remote work in the UK, a Facebook spokesperson said. In January 2022, the company will allow employees to move permanently between seven countries in Europe.

Facebook, whose workforce numbers about 60,000 people, plans to reopen most of its US offices to 50% capacity in early September and will likely reopen fully in October, the spokesperson said.

Zuckerberg said employees who want to work in an office will be asked to come in at least half the time. This is to ensure that the office remains vibrant and that employees entering the office make the most of their membership in that community.

Additionally, he said Facebook plans to host regular in-person meetings for office and remote workers “to support relationship building.”

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