Facebook: Permanent Remote Work Policies

Facebook app showing remote work policies on phone
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In May 2020, Facebook had told its employees that they can choose to work remotely even after the pandemic ends. The company has worked on it’s remote work policies.

Facebook’s staff was allowed to work remotely until the summer of 2021, but if any of the workers wants to continue to work from home afterwards as well, they can apply for a full-time remote work position.

“For example, parents who are closer to their children and are happy to cut their commute time and optimize their work day, they’re thrilled to work from home.”

Brynn Harrington, Vice President of Facebook’s HR team

Harrington also added that it has been noticed that the remote work arrangement is not ideal for some employees. It is uncomfortable for those who are working out of small apartments and have other roommates with roommates. This is why Facebook is working on reopening offices for such workers.

Currently, employees are allowed to work remotely until July 2 2021. Those who don’t choose full-time remote work may still continue to work from home until one month after their office reopens with 50% in-office capacity.

Facebook plans to reopen its Silicon Valley offices in May 2021 at 10% occupancy. All employees will need to continue adhering to social distancing norms such as wearing face masks, maintaining physical distance and regular Covid-19 testing. Facebook’s larger sites will reopen only in September 2021 and that too at 50% occupancy only. 

A lot of other tech giants like Twitter also have similar remote working policies. This shows that a hybrid model is here to stay even after the pandemic is over. The best part is that employees have a choice. They can choose to work from office or remotely. Are these the kind of “employee centric” policies employees have been seeking from their employers for so long? Time will tell.

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